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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.
I enjoyed the book but the chapter on Easter Island may need to be rewritten as it appears the rats did the damage and not the people consciously: http://n.pr/18RMZAyPublished 6 days ago by Davis E. Straub
Jared Diamond. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. NY: Penguin Group 2005. 575 pp. Further readings 32 pp. $17. Read morePublished 11 days ago by D. Benor
Interesting to apply history to the problems in our modern society - easy to read and a good sequel to previous book about the development of civilzationsPublished 12 days ago by steve
Like many of Mr. Diamond's other books, this one provides an insightful look into our world. I enjoy how he offered many different examples of societies dealing with their... Read morePublished 19 days ago by C. B. Long
Everybody should read it. A gripping examination of self-destroying communities, and quite possibly a projection of what lies ahead for our own.Published 27 days ago by Daniel K.
Read this and know what we have in store for our own extinction which seems to be inevitable. Though it will take a long time, it is sure to happen.Published 1 month ago by Shirley Sacks
A very interesting book on an important subject. A lot of history about previous settlement that had problems with their living environment.Published 1 month ago by jcn
It is not the type of book that I want to start and finish all in the same day but it is okay.Published 1 month ago by George H.
This is the follow up book to Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel". "In Guns, Germs and Steel" he discusses the geo-factors that enabled Europe to dominate the world for a few... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hughes