Are you buying your megalithic nearest and dearest any interesting books for Christmas?
Or, what would you recommend to others?
Here's one that caught my eye : Guns, Germs and Steel
Within just a few generations, the continents of the Americas were virtually emptied of their native inhabitants – some academics estimate that approximately 20 million people may have died in the years following the European invasion – up to 95% of the population of the Americas.
No medieval force, no matter how bloodthirsty, could have achieved such enormous levels of genocide. Instead, Europeans were aided by a deadly secret weapon they weren't even aware they were carrying: Smallpox.