Longtime readers of this sight will know that TV is a big fan of, what I call, the Diamond-Crosby-Kamarck-Sachs theory of development. Hence, I'm looking forward to reading Thomas C. Mann's updating of the utterly brilliant Alfred Crosby book "Ecological Imperialism" with "Seeds, Germs, and Slaves", reviewed in the NYT here.
From the review, it looks like it may be an interesting book of anecdotes, but it's not clear what new big theoretical insights the book contains... And so I can sigh, as my thunder may not have been stolen just yet!
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