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September Book Club

  • Sep 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read is "Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond

Life isn't fair--here's why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better & worse, called the tune that the world has danced to. In Guns, Germs & Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. It's an elemental question. Diamond is certainly not the 1st to ask it. However, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of European genetic superiority. Diamond, a UCLA physiologist, suggests that the geography of Eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals & the free flow of information. The more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms of government & communication, & increased resistance to disease. Finally, fragmented Europe harnessed the power of competitive innovation in ways that China didn't. (For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns & subjugate the New World.) Diamond's book is complex & a bit overwhelming. But the thesis he methodically puts forth--examining the "positive feedback loop" of farming, then domestication, then population density, then innovation etc.--makes sense. Written without bias, Guns, Germs & Steel is good global history.


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  • Casandra W.

    Regreatfully I was in an auto accident and not feeling up t going out.

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear! Hope you'll be OK.

      September 18, 2013

  • Kathie

    Small group last night, but BIG discussion. Thanks to all the ladies who came, and shared their insights about this intriguing book. We chose Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan, as our next book in the queue. This will be our January book, I believe.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Raining here in Tampa and getting out late so I won't make it tonight...and I was looking forward to a steak! Have a fun meeting and I will see you in October.

    September 17, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Regretfully work has once again kept me from being able to attend. Sorry everyone.. I miss you guys!

    September 17, 2013

  • Kathie

    Okay, everybody. I have the reservation set for 10 people. See you all tonight!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We still need a questioner!! For selecting books of no one volunteers, bring a 3X5 card with a book recommendation be sure to include the title of the book, author and a brief summary or description of it.

    September 16, 2013

  • Patti Moore Sauvageot W.

    I regret not being able to attend this month's meeting as I REALLY enjoy the group and discussions. I look forward to next month and The Killing of Lincoln.

    September 15, 2013

  • Alice K.

    I am SO sorry I won't be back to St. Pete yet; this sounds like a
    really great book. I'll be back in November and look forward so
    much to joining you.

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it.

    September 14, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    The author of "Leadership by Choice" -- a book published by the business imprint (Holt) of Wiley & Sons publishing group.

    Join us, meet and talk with the author about his publishing process, why he selected this topic to write about in his book, and what his next step will be in his publishing career.

    Barnes and Noble book signing:

    Who: Eric Papp, author of "Leadership by Choice" published by Wiley & Sons
    When: 3 PM on Thursday, September 12, 2013
    Where: Barnes and Noble downtown bookstore (one block from the USF-St. Petersburg campus)

    This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited and reservations are at:
    https://author-eric-papp-barnes-noble.eventbrite.com/

    This event sponsored by WordSmitten Media

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought I could make it until I looked at my calendar...hopefully next month.

    September 12, 2013

  • Kathie

    We're meeting at Harold Seltzer's Steakhouse this month. So, even if you didn't get to read the book, come for a really good steak! I can taste that filet already. Mmmmmm . . . . . :-)

    September 11, 2013

  • Kathie

    Dan, the book for September is Guns Germs and Steel, on this page of the site. :)

    September 2, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    Great article, thanks for the link.

    August 26, 2013

  • Kathie

    This has nothing to do with this month's selection, but I thought some of you might enjoy reading it. It's an online article that, in part, possibly explains why some of us enjoy reading so much. Read it at tinyurl.com/tbtimes-englishmajor. :)

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    I read this book such a long time ago. It was worth reading once, but I can't do it twice.

    August 22, 2013

  • Kathie

    Deborah, in answer to your question, yes, a book was chosen for September. It is Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond. It is posted on the September Book Club page. :)

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you have a Kindle device and an Amazon Prime Account, you can borrow this book for free.

    August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yup - that's what i did!

      August 21, 2013

  • CherylAnn P.

    I won't be able to attend. boo hoo

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the runner-up selection from the March Meet-up. I was not at April's meeting and was notified if a book was selected. If another book was selected at that meeting let me know and I will post it instead of this.

    June 15, 2013

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