Update: In 2012, Jared Diamond published The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? The book received a flurry of attention, and this page collected some of the reviews. I contended that Diamond’s work compared unfavorably to Ruth Benedict’s 1934 Patterns of Culture (see my satiric counterpoint review). Diamond’s work faded quickly, … Read more
The really scary part of the Diamond Romney dustup is how Romney recaps Diamond: European imperialism is accidental but societies choose to fail.