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The Last Picture Show (Mass Market)
Larry McMurtry
Bram Stoker, Ruben Toledo
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
Ray Monk
The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James, Patricia Crick
Maigret et le marchand de vin
Georges Simenon
Le Rouge et le Noir
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond I found the argument very convincing and very interesting. It definitely changed how I thought about history particularly early history.

I will say that I am still somewhat skeptical of it as a unified theory of all of human history, but it clearly is an important contribution to the discussion about large scale history.

I wouldn't have picked myself as someone who prior to reading this would be very welcoming to geographical determinism and while I certainly am no convert, I have been persuaded that we can concretely talk about geography as a huge factor in the evolution of societies.