The Manual - Epictetus - A Short Summary and Review

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond - A Short Summary & Review

A short summary of the book Guns, Germs, and Steel:

The factors that make a society a pillager or a pillagee.

My favorite Jared Diamond quote from the book:

"Much of human history has consisted of conflicts between the have and the have nots."

Questions I pondered while reading Guns, Germs, and Steel:

Why didn't the Norsemen create any biological devastation?

Wouldn't hunter-gatherer societies develop artisan skills during the winter?

My review of Jared Diamon's Guns, Germs, and Steel:

Germs appear to be humanity's biggest bane.

Historically, resource exploitation has not done well for humanity.

The world needs rhino-mounted Banta shock troops.


a.d. elliott is a wanderer, writer, and photographer currently living in Salem, Virginia. 

In addition to the travel writings at, you can also read her book reviews at and US military biographies at

Her online photography gallery can be found at


Like my page? Please consider supporting my work by visiting my sponsors, my webshop, or by buying me a cup of coffee!