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X-Events: The Collapse of Everything was very enjoyable to read. I highly recommend it to those who are interested in the topic of doomsday scenarios. The author discusses in a mature and well thought-out fashion. A lot of research also went into the various scenarios explored throughout the book, so the topics are grounded in substance and not lofty or too theoretical.
There is also a fantastic bibliography at the end of the book for further reading. Essentially, one can read and research further and delve deeper into the source material the author used. This latter aspect alone makes the book a valuable addition to one's library — it is a great resource for further research.
 

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The book is worth reading to get an alternate point of view and to hear Mr. Casti's analysis.
But I am an odd man out here as I just don't buy his basic premise - that catastrophic events will be
caused by complexity and that uprisings and wars are caused by "complexity imbalances." His arguments just did not convince.
When Mr. Casti describes what would occur if the entire Internet went down, his reasoning did not persuade me that the world will end. I think I will still be able to get a danish and coffee at Starbucks the next morning.
Surely 9-11 was an X event and we have learned that Osama Bin Laden meant for it to bring about the collapse of the United States. But it didn't. The NY Stock Exchange was back in business the next day.
But let's hear some more on this topic. I am willing to be convinced that I am in the wrong here.
Let's keep thinking about this.
Oakmeadows
 

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User Review  - Robert Chapman - Goodreads

I found this book on the discount shelf at my local book store. What an amazing find, a great book and for a bargain price as well! This is a thought provoking book to say the least. One might think ... Read full review

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User Review  - Philip Chaston - Goodreads

A lighter guide around black swans, unexpected disasters and the role of complexity. Useful as an introductory text, as a springboard to further reading and for its early warning scenarios. Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Corrigan - Goodreads

Sensationalism, with a few pages of good ideas (where he explains 7 factors leading to an "Xevent", of which 6 make sense...) Black Swans and the Five Stages of Collapse and Normal Accidents are all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

This guy makes a really good case for the idea of X events -- things that have either never happened before or that have happened so rarely that we can't really predict them, and that are big enough ... Read full review

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User Review  - bibliotekker Holman - Goodreads

Not the book I expected. Interesting, yet off the wall and somewhat of a let down. The topics he deals with are mostly the rare world changing events like asteroids and man made disasters that could happen. I had expected a more scientific treatment based on extant literature that does exist. Read full review

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User Review  - Gevera Bert - Goodreads

Most of it was informative and well-written but the political/government chapters seemed much longer and less cohesive. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Maxwell - Goodreads

Sadly superficial and disappointing. I'm sure others will find something that sticks between the covers, but I found it to be pretty facile. Read full review

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User Review  - BakuDreamer - Goodreads

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