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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.
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.
I think the conclusions were oversimplified and dissenting opinions were not mentioned. I like the book for what it says about groups of people basically needing to adapt to a... Read morePublished 14 days ago by C. Smith
The book was in very good condition, but shipment was a little slow, but other than that I world recommend for good and interesting readingPublished 21 days ago by Tonya Topping
Jared Diamond is both a great writer who deeply analyses human history and prehistory and how we interact with the natural world and also an underrated MMA fighter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Russell J. Matson
My only complaint is that Diamond doesn't adequately discuss the inevitability of collapse in the long run as resources are depletedPublished 1 month ago by dc1340
Cherry picked data/information to construct his narrative. Just like his other books. For a detailed discussion:... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lumindanu