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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.
Great customer service from this seller; quick response and very courteous. I was assigned to read guns germs and steel from Jared Diamond in school before and was amazed at his... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Edward
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Great read! I recommend this book to anyone interested in past societies and in our future.Published 16 days ago by Photographe Amateur
We better understand how our choices can influence the future by studying the past. A must read for anyone interested in the future of civilization, humankind, and the health of... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ray B.
"I met a traveler from an antique land
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Learned a lot of cause and effect I wish members of our government each had a copy stapled to their shirts and blousesPublished 24 days ago by eldon froehlichsimmons
On the positive side, the book is informative about factors that affect the environment. I learnt more about collapsed societies in uninhabited or sparsely inhabited remote places... Read morePublished 26 days ago by benne