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Why Things Are Falling Apart and What We Can Do About It Paperback – November 8, 2012
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The "What we can do about it" portion was a bit disappointing. It assumes that our current civilization can be preserved indefinitely in its same form, more or less, and perhaps just needs a bit of fixing. Maybe if we all voted more intelligently, boycotted products of large corporations, etc, things could be better.
That said, I am not sure anyone has a clear and concise summary of what could be done to repair the corruption and decay all around us. When this sort of thing happened to the Roman Empire, the resolution was a few centuries of Dark Ages, followed by a few more centuries of Middle Ages, liberally scattered through with wars and pestilences of various types.
Summary: A pretty good book about the troubles, not much insight into how to fix them. I would still recommend it.
- To explain the complexity of the various issues, CHS tries to break them down in many short little essays which feel more like a collection of blog posts rather than a deeply interconnected set of concepts. Cohesive, professional editing would improve the readability of the book as it lacks those smooth transitions from one topic to the other which make the reading a more pleasant experience.
- CHS’s posts on ZH often include very informative charts, which need to be studied and understood. At time, that may be difficult or time consuming, but nonetheless those charts provide a wealth of visual information that is completely left out of the book.
- CHS often quotes studies, research and other factual information without ever providing references for further reading (or cross checking).
In short, while commendable, CHS’s work is a self-published book I would recommend to a novice or someone who’s approaching the subject for the first time. For the more initiated, other publications or web sites may provide a better (and free) source of information.
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