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Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel

Based on Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years.

An epic journey through the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago; "Why you white man have so much cargo and we New Guineans have so little?", Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.

Jared peels back the layers of history to uncover fundamental, environmental factors shaping the destiny of humanity, Diamond found both his theories and his own endurance tested. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a thrilling ride through the elemental forces which have shaped our world – and which continue to shape our future.


Nat Geo & PBS

TX Date:

January 2005

  • Exec Producer/s: Richard Bradley, Michael Rosenfeld
  • Producer/s: Cassian Harrison
  • Director/s: Cassian Harrison, Tim Lambert
  • Presenter/s: Jared Diamond, Peter Coyote