Based on the anthropological book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
is a documentary Mini Series
produced by the National Geographic Channel
going by the name of Guns, Germs, and Steel
. The documentary covers the theories in the book on why a disparity between civilizations exists as such that there are people living in an industrialized society while at the same time there are still people with primitive lifestyles.
Produced by and starring the author of the book Jared Diamond (as himself) as he goes around the world trying to figure out why the world in the present day is unequal with one civilization more advanced than the other. Diamond went to New Guinea originally to study about the birds when in his trips, one of his New Guinean friends asked him an Armor-Piercing Question
: "Why do white people have so much cargo, but we New Guineans have so little?" Diamond found he question that seemed simple at first to be much more complicated and thus went on his journey to figure out the answer to the question.
In between Diamond's journey, the theories was slowly explained throughout a re-enactment of historical events from Ancient Middle East to the Spanish conquest of the Americas to the European colonization of Africa.
This documentary provides examples of:
- Armor-Piercing Question: What made Diamond go through his journey in the first place.
- Infant Immortality: Shown when the Zulus massacred a Boer family. Everyone died, except the baby.
- A rather tragic, real-life aversion ... Near the end of the third installment, Jared Diamond visits a children's hospital in Zambia, set aside for malaria patients. He is informed that children less than year old die there almost on a daily basis.
- Series Of The Book