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Because he's addressing such significant issues within a vast span of time, Diamond can occasionally speak too briefly and assume too much, and at times his shorthand remarks may cause careful readers to raise an eyebrow. But in general, Diamond provides fine and well-reasoned historical examples, making the case that many times, economic and environmental concerns are one and the same. With Collapse, Diamond hopes to jog our collective memory to keep us from falling for false analogies or forgetting prior experiences, and thereby save us from potential devastations to come. While it might seem a stretch to use medieval Greenland and the Maya to convince a skeptic about the seriousness of global warming, it's exactly this type of cross-referencing that makes Collapse so compelling. --Jennifer Buckendorff
It's really interesting and changes the way you think about the world, but it gets a little bit repetitive.Published 22 days ago by Bayoan Ware
Everybody should read this book for lessons why societies collapsed.Published 29 days ago by ddlund
I have travelled the world for over half a century and I see the patterns that he describes so entertainingly happening in so many places.Published 1 month ago by james_2scomplement
There's not much I can add to the previous 778 reviews of "Collapse" but I did note that in Chapter 14, Diamond's analysis of social failure to solve environmental problems... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nimadan