Guns, Germs and Steel
Did anyone catch the first hour of "Guns, Germs and Steel" on PBS last night (please excuse reference to 'liberal moonbat' network)? It's based on yet another book I haven't had time to read. Anyhow, it touched on exactly the question raised by Tempus a few weeks back - why did some countries make it to the industrial age while others still hunt and gather? Author's theory was it had to do with the availablity of grain and barley along with domesticate-able animals. Fascinating stuff.