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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.
It is hard to imagine that in today’s technologically advanced society we might be on the brink of a world-wide disaster. Read morePublished 13 days ago by martin
This is what Jared Diamond does in his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. In this book Diamond walks through society and culture that he describes with great... Read morePublished 14 days ago by becca
Collapse by Jared Diamond accurately discusses the concept of societies failing to thrive and falling apart. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Matt Raybaud
Well written for those who want to know, but want to enjoy the read as well. Love his descriptions of collapsing societies and the comparisons he makes from one to another. Read morePublished 1 month ago by katherine osborne
Jared Diamond is a great writer, but I feel that his writing style is very boring and not very interesting. I will not buy this book again, nor will I recommend it to young people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Giovanni Garcia
My husband read this book,(I have not read it yet). He felt it was excellent. We both feel that anything written by Diamond is worth reading.Published 1 month ago by Elena
This book should be required reading for the planet.
Other civilizations have come and gone. Read more
Purchased as a present for a friend and she is quite satisfied. Packaging was adequate and I have no problem recommending the book or seller.Published 1 month ago by Eric Long
I really enjoyed Collapse and learned a lot of history, but it is also an eye open to the path to collapse our culture is headed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda J. Ellis