A magnificent and myth-dispelling history of the Blues.
A thoughtful and engaging history of Islam. Aslan argues that the current wave of violence that is coursing through the Muslim world represents an internal conflict as Islam goes through its equivalent of the Reformation, rather than a war against the West. Let us hope he is right.
The first six chapters of Diamond’s unfinished book on the shadier side of alternative medicine, plus miscellaneous selections from his other writing. Diamond died of cancer before he was able to finish what was clearly going to be a supreme debunking of medical mumbo-jumbo.
Hume’s classic philosphical investigation into the nature and limits of human knowledge and its acquisition.
Diamond explores the causes of societal collapse by examining the failure of earlier societies such as the Easter Islanders and the Greenland Norse. This is a worthy successor to Guns, Germs and Steel, though it is not as engaging to read.