Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
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.
What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island?
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - aketzle - LibraryThing
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
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
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
Opposite Paths to Success
Malthus in Africa Rwandas Genocide