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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.
This book is very educational and interesting. It really bought up the issues of what we are doing in society today that we have already discovered have failed in the past. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Audible version is excellent for my weekly long drives. All the raves are true. Diamond is tremendously thorough in research and yet does not bury the listener in mind-numbing... Read morePublished 5 days ago by StarNavig8r
This book is absolutely fascinating and a must read for all people who are wondering why great societies fail or succeed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Angela - Health Conscious Mom
I started reading the book and fully expected to read about how big business has ruined the environment. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn't the case at all. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nancy Loderick
This books looks at a number of famous past socities - such as easter island, the Maya, The Norse Greenland vikings plus some others - to see why they vanished. Read morePublished 11 days ago by David Taylor
Excellent reading. I had read Guns, Germs and Steel and expected Collapse to be another scholarly work pulling together the work of researchers from different disciplines. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Norman G. Moore