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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
Jared Diamond has followed up Guns, Germs, and Steel with another book explaining the Collapse of past civilizations.
He does gives us some reasons to hope because of the examples of societies faced with collapse that addressed their problems and survived.
What is important is that the author present their case in a reasonable and logical fashion, and Jared Diamond does that very well.
My wife purchased this book on the advice of a friend. We both read it and we came to the same conclusion. Mr. Diamond makes great leaps of logic when coming to his conclusions.Published 5 days ago by Paco In Ajijic
I rated this book so low because it is so pretentiously written. He could have said what he needed to say without being so wordy. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Robin B. Malinovsky
I just finished reading Collapse for the second time. Without sounding cheesy, it was even more powerful this time through. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sarah P. Bennett
An amazing book. The historical chapters are extraordinary. It loses a star because the 10 year old chapters about Australia and China are no longer relevant, and the chapter about... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Peter Dickerson
The more we study about history and economics, the better we can then analyze our current life and political/economic situation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joel M. Wilson
This is a comprehensive study of collapsed civilizations--a warning to our own, as we fail to act soon enough on global warning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jewel Seehaus-Fisher