The 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years

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Jared Diamond
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Jared Diamond

For much of his 79 years, Diamond has traveled into the jungles and mountains of the world — including to New Guinea, home of cannibals — to bring back an explanation of the "broad pattern of human history." This is to say he's not an explorer in the ordinary sense, or is he a scientist who gathers incremental evidence to make his case. He's the Indiana Jones of humankind, heading out to remote outposts like Easter Island to make grand pronouncements in Pulitzer Prize–­winning books like Guns, Germs, and Steel. In an age in which embedding with a remote tribe seems like a thing of the past, Diamond has done it repeatedly — and his riveting books may be the only time anthropology has risen to pop-culture status.

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