In his Pulitzer-prize winning book GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL, Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. In his latest book, COLLAPSE, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?
Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies. Despite apparently inexhaustible wealth, unrivaled political influence and superior military power, America confronts similar problems today. Are we wise enough to assure our continued survival and success?
From the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya, and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, this intimate conversation reveals Dr. Diamond's thesis about the fundamental patterns of catastrophe.
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