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Diamond, Jared. THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES? . New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 500 pages. As New/As New.

The author's book-length account on subject. One of the most important cultural events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Jared Diamond's most probing book thus far on the fate of the earth. The book draws from Diamond's decades of fieldwork in the Pacific Islands as well as evidence from the Inuit (Eskimo), Amazonian Indian, and Kalahari San societies, and as such, is Diamond's first first-hand account. "Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society. From air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday, in evolutionary time, when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. Their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. Essential and delightful" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Jared Diamond collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Jared Diamond. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award In Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth Club of California's Gold Medal in 1999 and 2000 for "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies". One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0670024813. $60.00

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