Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn?

I'm not totally sure if this thread belongs in this forum. But I have read Ishmael and found it very eye-opening book about the human species and our "purpose" on earth.

I was wondering if anyone has read it and what their thoughts were on the theories presented in it.

I was very impressed when I read it. Later I learned a little bit about population dynamics, hunger criseses etc. and now I think this book is dangerously misleading.

What did you think about the "Takers" and "Leavers" model? "Takers" being us; civilized and seeing the earth as ours for the taking. "Leavers" being Native Americans/Indians, Aboriginies(sp); uncivilized and seeing themselves as a part of nature.

"Later I learned a little bit about population dynamics, hunger criseses etc"

Could you give me a short summary?

I´m sure there are takers and leavers, but I doubt tat the world will go down because of the takers anytime soon.

Anyone that is interested in this book should look into some work by Colin Kahl on how resource scarcity can be tied to civil and ethnic conflict.

International Security 23, no. 2 (Fall 1998)