Information on Further Reading and Research

Here are some books and websites that provide more information on Prof. Jared Diamond’s activities.
These also provide useful information for anyone working on research projects and papers.

[Target: High school students and older]
*These are written for adults. Some content
may be challenging for elementary
and junior high students, but give it a try!



  • Books written by Prof. Diamond
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
  • W. W. Norton & Company (1999)
    ISBN-10: 0393317552
  • Why did regional differences in wealth and power throughout the world occur? Prof. Diamond attempts to clarify this mystery through the 13,000-year history of human civilizations.
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition
  • Penguin Books; Revised edition (2011)
    ISBN-10: 0143117009
  • What is the difference between the civilizations that collapsed in the past and those that have continued to thrive? This book seeks to identify factors that cause the collapse of civilizations from the perspective of environmental problems.
  • The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
  • Penguin Books; Reprint edition (2013)
    ISBN-10: 0143124404
  • What should we learn from traditional societies which are completely different from modern societies? Prof. Diamond shares wisdom accumulated through the long history of traditional societies and suggests ways of using this wisdom for modern societies.
  • Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
  • Little, Brown and Company (2019)
    ISBN-10: 0316409138
  • Prof. Diamond reveals how successful nations recover from crises using examples of different countries, including Japan, and suggests what we should learn from them.


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Prof. Jared Diamond