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1.0 out of 5 stars The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology), May 20, 2007
This review is from: The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology) (Paperback)
This is the worst book I have ever purchased on Amazon. The title is intriguing but the substance is shallow. The writing style is absolutely abysmal and it is worth noting that the editing is credited in the introduction to the author's wife, hardly unbiased. This is probably one of those required texts that accompanies some arcane college course for burned out seniors in the social sciences. Since Mom and Dad are paying the bills, the final is multiple choice, a guaranteed B or A-. It is a slick production designed and promoted by confused academics.

The topic, properly treated and written about more scientifically and less quasi scholarly, has possibilities. Although the archeological evidence is limited but steadily accumulating, the subject matter has great speculative potential. Our own society, thought by many to be deteriorating under the undo burden of religious superstition similarly parallels many of the cited civilizations in this book and as such makes the study relevant. But this point is by no means an endorsement of this book.

If you are looking for substance on this topic, either write your own book or look elsewhere.

I felt overly generous giving this product one star; it deserves some symbol representing a "black hole."
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Initial post: Jan 28, 2009 6:56:21 AM PST
taijiredlion says:
The word is "undue", not "undo".

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 7:03:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2009 7:06:18 AM PDT
Prokopton says:
Your rather extraordinary review has actually persuaded me to check this book out.

The only point of any substance you raise (that our current society parallels ideas in the book) seems to be a point in its favour. Apart from that there is no actual discussion of any of the book's contents -- save for an insult to its writing style which, after a little look in the Amazon reader, I would have to say is not really warranted.

I can't imagine what led you to write this review, but then, I don't see why I should *have* to imagine -- you could have told me your reasoning in the review itself. Couldn't you have explained a little *why* you thought the book was unscientific?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 7:48:23 AM PST
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