Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
In his runaway bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond brilliantly examined the circumstances that allowed Western civilizations to dominate much of the world. Now he probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and... show more
In his runaway bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond brilliantly examined the circumstances that allowed Western civilizations to dominate much of the world. Now he probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Using a vast historical and geographical perspective ranging from Easter Island and the Maya to Viking Greenland and modern Montana, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of environmental catastrophe—one whose warning signs can be seen in our modern world and that we ignore at our peril. Blending the most recent scientific advances into a narrative that is impossible to put down, Collapse exposes the deepest mysteries of the past even as it offers hope for the future.
Publish date: December 27th 2005
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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...