Guns, Germs, and Steel
Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: Books with a high signal to noise ratio?
qrendel: I found Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond to be perhaps a better book of similar nature overall, and would add in The 10,000 Year Explosion by Cochran and Harpending as another good one for those who liked Sapiens.
myth_buster: It blew my mind on almost every section! I loved it I suppose coz it answered a lot of questions I'd growing up and a bit more. I've recommended it to everyone in my family.
Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?
aws_ls: A perspective changing book, if there can be one. Had picked it up from Gates notes' reading list couple years back. After reading this, my entire perspective on religions, politics, culture changed and I view everything from the reference point of when we started to do agriculture some 20,000 years ago, and of course geographical perspective.
Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?
ranko: Why, for example, did the Spanish conquer South America and not vice versa?
Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?
mvindahl: When I read it in the late 90s, I had already read complete accounts of world history and thought myself well-informed on the topic, yet virtually every chapter blew my mind. ...
Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?
vpribish: How circumstance drove civilizations. Fun storytelling even if it's a bit too "just-so". definitely trains you to look at any situation and seek it's origins with less initial judgement.
Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
richardw: So many types of thinking and areas of science that I wasn't aware of. Not every part of it has to be correct for it to be incredibly interesting.