The book considers questions including: What shaped the cultures and forces of our time? Why did some countries become the first world and others the third world? Who has beaten whom and how could they do it?
The book won the Pulitzer Prize.
- A chapter on Guns, Germs and Steel in Principles of Sociology on Wikibooks.
- PBS (U.S. Public Broadcast System) created a Guns, Germs and Steel show and posted an interview with Jared Diamond on their site.