Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition (Google eBook)
In Jared Diamondís follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization
Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own societyís apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.
Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?
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Review: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or SucceedUser Review - Lester Cockram - Goodreads
Jared Diamond really put a lot of work and research into this book on humankind behavior and environmental abuse. I learned a lot but think I would have been happy to learn a little considering it ... Read full review
Review: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or SucceedUser Review - Edward H. Busse, III - Goodreads
Overall, an excellent book - if there was a 4.5 star rating, I'd have given it. Mr. Diamond goes in to meticulous explanation behind the collapses of several historical societies - Easter Island ... Read full review
TwilightatEaster The quarrysmysteries Easters geography andhistory People
The Last People Alive Pitcairn and Henderson Islands
The Ancient OnesThe Anasaziand TheirNeighbors Desert farmers Tree rings Agricultural strategies Chacosproblems and packrats
The Viking Prelude and Fugues
Opposite Paths to Success
Malthus in Africa Rwandas Genocide
Causes of divergence
China Lurching Giant
Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions?
Big Businesses and the Environment Different Conditions Different Outcomes Resourceextraction Twooilfields Oilcompany motives Hardrock
TheWorld asaPolder What DoesItAll Mean toUs Today?
Norse Greenlands End Introduction to theend Deforestation Soil and turf damage