I found this book to be extremely interesting and very readable.
Tainter's book examines the Mayan, Chacoan and Roman collapses in terms of his theory of diminishing marginal returns on investments in complexity.
While he sees some merit to most theories, one he holds in complete contempt, while another he tends to prefer.
It was so hard to read, that I had to read it twice. My brain is not that good anymore, though I do not apparently have alzeimer's or senilie dementia YET. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lady Of the Dark Tower
Despite more than 20 years passing since this book was publisghed, its significance is only increasing as we reflect more on the complexity and vulnerability of our modern... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Yasha
Many of the other reviews provide thorough summaries into Tainter's arguments, so I'll limit myself to my impressions of his key points. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nowhere Man
This is an interesting book. First published in the late 80's, it warrants renewed attention nowadays in light of all the end-of-the world hysterias currently emanating from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark Edward Bachmann
Excellent book about why complex societies collapse. This book is a must have for those persons studying or interested in this topic.Published 7 months ago by Captain Crunch
One of the best scholarly treatments of the subject I've run across. I don't ever recall seeing such a broad scope of material on this topic gathered together and treated with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Dobbs
Tainter explains decline using a well-known economic law, the law of diminishing returns. However, the argument is not malthusian, but framed in the science of complexity: as a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by luca iandoli
This book was recommended to me by my mother-in-law with whom I share a common interest in history and in ancient civilizations. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Oldacre
Tainter understands that people will always try to solve problems but that often the solutions they derive put us farther and farther into an energy and resource deficit until... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Myrna H. P. Hall