Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

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Penguin UK, Mar 21, 2013 - History - 608 pages
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From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations.

Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future.

What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island?
What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids?
Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat?

Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors.

'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' - Daily Mail

'Riveting, superb, terrifying' - Observer

'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' - Economis

'This book shines like all Diamond's work' - Sunday Times

 

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User Review  - nx74defiant - www.librarything.com

Very interesting, somethings I knew some I didn't. It starts out with how Montana is not self sufficient. He review how societies fell, the main reasons and how those who survived successfully adapted. Read full review

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I liked Guns, Germs, and Steel better, but this was still a good (and very educational) read. We should all know how our societies may be doomed if we don't straighten up. Read full review

Contents

List of Maps
Under Montanas Big
Twilight at Easter
The Last People Alive Pitcairn and Henderson Islands
The Ancient Ones The Anasazi and Their Neighbors
The Maya Collapses
The Viking Prelude and Fugues
Norse Greenlands Flowering
One Island Two Peoples Two Histories The Dominican Republic
China Lurching Giant
Mining Australia
Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions?
Big Businesses and the Environment Different Conditions Different
The World as a Polder What Does It All Mean to Us Today?
Angkors Rise and Fall
Illustration Credits

Norse Greenlands
Opposite Paths to Success
Malthus in Africa Rwandas Genocide
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.

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