Is Guns, Germs, and Steel the best title for this book? What title would you give to this book? Explain your answer.
Guns, Germs and Steel is definitely not the best title for this book, but it's probably responsible for a considerable amount of its success; the title sounds exciting, militant and apocalyptic. However, the content of the book hardly focuses on guns, germs or steel at all; I suspect the title was chosen specifically because it is more exciting than the content.
The majority of Diamond's argument focuses on geography; if I were to be snarky about it, I'd title this book "Geography, Geography, and Geography", since Diamond seems to think this is the only variable that influences human development.
A more generous name might be "Geography, Grains and Genocide", if we're keeping with the G-alliteration theme. A more complete picture of Diamond's theory is that geography has a direct effect upon the agricultural productivity and political variety of a region, and this is directly responsible for the dominance of one culture over another, leading to genocide, whether direct or indirect, cultural or physical.