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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.
Clear and informative for the layperson. This is likely a useful explanation for the more academically inclined, but Dr. Diamond is not a very entertaining story teller. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michael Davidson Harper
Classic Diamond. Essential reading for all of us, to understand why we keep repeating the same mistakes. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Glen Small
Well researched and written. A veritable wealth of information that provides insight into what caused the failures of past civilized cultures and what may well be the unavoidable... Read morePublished 10 days ago by redchuck
great constant, but a bit drawn out. <i like his research and pursuit of knowledge. <<conclusions were less convincing, still a good read.Published 11 days ago by Ken Kofoed
If you thought Guns, Germs, and Steel was good- try this book! :)Published 14 days ago by Robert Smith