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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.
This book was very well written and impressive.
The conclusion that Diamond draws may still be true, but is very much beside the point in answering what the Easter Islanders could or should have done differently.
Jared Diamond has followed up Guns, Germs, and Steel with another book explaining the Collapse of past civilizations.
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 3 days ago by E. Gardiner
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 10 days 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 11 days ago by Linda J. Ellis
History is a big place. It was impressive how soon the Japanese adapted sound forestry and water management policies. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ryan Costa
This is a good book for considering the ups and downs of civilization. Although Diamond is being challenged on his theory of tree and environmental destruction by many cultures,... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Roxanne D. Greene
great book for students of the environment, should be required reading for all decision makers public and private, I don't read much non-fiction but Jared Diamond is always... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Dawes Wilson
Read books by Jared Diamond and enjoyed his Analysis. He has a style
Of writing with abundance of facts
Jarred Diamond creates a very workable framework within which to discuss a variety of situations that are linked by the very human responses to the existing conditions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Spear