It is a book that should be read by everybody who is interested in the homo sapiens, its evolutionary history (not only its uniquely human generated disasters and but also his achievements). Jared Diamond's fascinating reflections comment on our animal origins, our peculiar life cycle and sexual behaviours, the ability of elaborating complex languages and their results; he then carries on to testify our bending towards self-destruction by drug abuse of any kind. According to his research, this last facet of our behaviour seems to reach back into the beginning to our existence. Furthermore, he then sheds light on "The Golden Age That Never Was", our self-delusion to escape from the present conditions and its dangers for humanity and nature altogether. And yet, by a sheer tour de force of precise logic reasoning, he concludes - nevertheless - the possibility of hope for future generations. He is a stunning naturalist, anthropologist and philosopher. After reading his work one might feel : "Come on! Let's tackle the problems!" A wonderful achievement.