Very interesting. It was great to see an honest comparison between traditional and modern societies that does not romanticize or demonize either. The only issue I have is with the breadth of societies reviewed. In the initial section, the author mentions a number of traditional societies that he intends to discuss, but he barely touches on a few. For instance, the Ainu is mentioned as one of the major groups to be discussed, though the Ainu are only mentioned in passing at two points. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and think it is something worth reading for most people.