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.
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?
The Last Americans - Environmental collapse and the end of civilization
Paradises Lost - When the mutineers from HMS Bounty landed on Pitcairn Island, they found no people—just a desolate land marked by the relics of a vanished society. The frightening story of that lost civilization is just now being learned…
Easter’s End - How the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism.
Writing Right - Some written languages are a precise reflection of speech, while others, like english, are a complete mess. Is this alphabetical evolution? Or the unequal application of logic to literacy?
The Curse of QWERTY - O typewriter? Quit your torture!