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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed - Jared Diamond, Christopher Murney
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
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In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What... show more
In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving 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, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. 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 society’s 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? Read by Christopher Murney.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9780143057185 (0143057189)
Publisher: Penguin
Minutes: 5
Edition language: English
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Amanda Says
Amanda Says rated it
3.0 Collapse by Jared Diamond
Did you ever wonder what happened to the people on Easter Island? Why the Maya populations died out? Or maybe what happened to the Vikings on Greenland? What caused all these big and small population to die out? Collapse and the author Diamond explores what happened and what caused these population ...
Ecletic Reader
Ecletic Reader rated it
5.0 Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Very informative. I believe that the information in this book is laid out in a very easy to read narrative format. It was very interesting and provided an interesting look into the recurrent problems that societies have faced when trying to live outside the means of their environment.
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 Collapse (Allen Lane Science S.)
Interesting and thought causing. This goes through a few societies and how they failed to survive. It's an interesting look at these and how they're reflected in modern society. They're things to think about and ideas on how to move from here. I found it riveting.
Just reading
Just reading rated it
3.0 Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
I liked this book and I really enjoyed "Guns Germs and Steel" so I really hoped for "Collapse" to be another new intriguing work that would challenge people to think in a new way about existing problems. This book is just so long though. Clearly it is well-researched and Diamond knows what he is t...
magikspells
magikspells rated it
So this book has been lurking in my current reads forever now because of the slow pace of reading it for class. I didn't hate this book, I felt like it went by at a reasonable pace and that the arguments had their validity at times. But as is the case with [b:Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Hum...
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