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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very interesting on how he documents the steps that the various society's caused their own demise and how we are also doing the same things even though we should know how to avoid... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gives a really good perspective on former societal collapses and how they may relate to today's environmental situation. Will read it again.Published 3 days ago by Vegard Kjoelhamar
The first half, which discusses the reasons behind the collapse of various historical civilizations - is fascinating. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Joan Jacobson
A well documented and insightful examination of how environmental events and social decisions affect the success or failure of societies past and present.Published 7 days ago by D Keith Lowther
Very well researched. I got very bored, things ended up getting too predictablePublished 8 days ago by Tom Slow
This is a very important book, I wish everyone would read it.Published 14 days ago by Sylvia De Rooy
As always a good read with lot of research :)
But, it does get repetitive at times. I liked that he had good solutions for the problems as well