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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.
Diamond is wonderful writer who is very popular with those those who adhere to a similar ideological perspective. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Patrick L. Boyle
Collapse give an accountable reasoning on certain societies collapse. The information is brief but gives an understanding on the reasons for a collapse. Interesting information.Published 24 days ago by Diego
I have a longstanding interest in Viking-era Norse society, language, and exploration. I have even gone so far as to read accounts of Viking exploration in the original Old Norse... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ulfilas
This book continues to discuss Diamond's theory of the rise and fall of societies. Not much new from his previous writing.Published 1 month ago by Nancy H. Hummel