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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.
Not well written. Tends to wander aimlessly. Assumes his readers all agree with the theory of global warning which he incorporates into some of his theories about civilization... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Donald Kapps
I thought I already reviewed this. In any event, people who are interested in looking at the future
of mankind will likely find this book very interesting. Read more
excellent refresher on geography, great info on the vikings and their settlementsPublished 1 month ago by Dave
Diamond is wonderful writer who is very popular with those those who adhere to a similar ideological perspective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick L. Boyle