Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set

From the National Geographic website: As seen on PBS and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond, who traveled the globe for more than 30 years trying to answer one of the big questions in world history: Why is the world so unequal? The answers he found-that the societies that developed food production techniques first were also the first to develop writing, technology, and government-were simple, yet extraordinary. Our DVD weaves together anthropology and science with epic historical reenactments that bring his fascinating theories to life. Not available for shipment outside of the U.S. and Canada. [Note: See also the book in this catalogue, Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.]
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Guns, Germs, and Steel ... a thrilling ride!

Field of Interest/Specialty: Asian Studies
Posted On: 01/17/2013

Like the book, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity’s journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century. However, the captivating imagery and quick-pace keep the viewer engaged and as these three one-hour programs were filmed across four continents on High Definition digital video. This combined ambitious dramatic reconstruction with moving documentary footage and computer animation will likely keep those "pesky" disinterested students on the edge of their seats. I would recommend that the educator read the book first, and then consider how the video can be used in conjunction with the text. Not surprisingly, the video may be more engaging for lower ability students or students for whom visual stimulation is a must. Simply put, students will find Guns, Germs, and Steel a thrilling ride through the elemental forces which have shaped our world – and which continue to shape our future.