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Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.

15 Great Articles by Jared Diamond

Amazing essays about history, race, and environmental collapse

On History

The Worst Mistake in History by Jared Diamond

Archaeology is demolishing the belief that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress.

The Arrow of Disease by Jared Diamond

When Columbus and his successors invaded the Americas, the most potent weapon they carried was their germs. But why didn't deadly disease flow in the other direction, from the New World to the Old?

The Origins of Agriculture by Jared Diamond

Once upon a time, all the fruits, nuts, and berries our gathering ancestors ate were wild. Someone, at some time, had to come up with the bright idea of crops.

How to Get Rich

Why was it Europeans who conquered and colonized the world, rather than the Chinese or the people of India or the Middle East?

Worlds Apart

Why did human history unfold differently on different continents for the last 13,000 years?

Ten Thousand Years of Solitude

What really happends when a society is forced to go it alone?

On Race

Japanese Roots by Jared Diamond

Japan’s touchy relations with its neighbors make it more important than ever to strip away myths and unearth the origins of the Japanese.

Race Without Color

Race based body chemistry makes no more sense than race based on looks, but you do get to move the membership around.

How Africa Became Black

Africa's racial history was not necessarily its racial destiny. To unravel the story of Africa's past, you must not only look at its faces but listen to its languages and harvest its crops.