Enjoyable and very approachable. This book is a collection of essays pertaining to the particular societies that Diamond examines in his works. I think this book is a good compliment to [b:Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies|1842|Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies|Jared Diamond|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1363428619s/1842.jpg|2138852] and [b:Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed|475|Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed|Jared Diamond|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309288319s/475.jpg|1041106] because many of Diamond's arguments are in danger of being taken at face value, which is a skewed way of looking at history in any aspect. Many of the author's do not directly confront many of Diamond's claims because some of them are correct, just incomplete. I also enjoyed the layout of this book which is neatly organized by society, therefore if you were interested in the rebuttal for Diamond's discussion of Easter Island, one chapter is devoted to that, etc.