Karl Gallagher (selenite) wrote,
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30 Day Book Meme - Day 8

Day 08 – Most overrated book

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. It keeps getting talked up as a universal explanation of human history, and I think it's terrible. Well, it's not completely worthless. It's a decent explanation of the development of societies up to about Bronze Age technology. The more easily accessed resources a society has, the faster it can develop. But that breaks down over time. Diamond winds up completely handwaving to justify European ships arriving in China instead of the other way around. The theory's even more useless for recent history. Resource-poor Japan is doing well while well-endowed Argentina goes down the tubes.

It's a popular book because it excuses history's losers from having any responsibility for their situation. This lets the winners write aid checks to assuage their guilt instead of urging lower trade barriers, less corrupt governments, and capitalist economies. I've ranted about it a couple of times.

Honorable mention to 1491, a error-ridden tale of the Americas before the Europeans arrived.

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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