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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond'sCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeedis the glass-half-empty follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winningGuns, Germs, and Steel. WhileGuns, Germs, and Steelexplained the geographic and environmental reasons why some human populations … see full wiki

Author: Jared Diamond
Genre: History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
Date Published: December 27, 2005
3 reviews about Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or...
review by . June 15, 2012
This Springsteen lyric came to mind when reading Diamond's environmental history of major societal collapses.  From his study of ancient collapses like Easter Island, the Mayan empire of Central America, and Norse Greenland, Diamond draws principles that determine when and why societies fail to adapt to environmental changes.  Ignoring their lessons, says Diamond, may leave even us wealthy first world citizens "the privilege of being the last to starve" (p. 520).   …
review by . August 16, 2005
I read Diamond's new book before reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel," so I did not know what to expect. I was thoroughly impressed with Diamond's ability to muster evidence for a simple yet important thesis: that environmental degredation can cause societies to collapse.    One must make clear that he does not argue that ALL societies collapse from environmental degredation (as some reviewers seem to think). Rather, he is pointing out that the environment can be an important factor …
review by . March 21, 2005
Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Among his many awards are the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, Germs and Steel," the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.    In his earlier work, "Guns, Germs and Steel," Diamond extolled the rise of nations and explained his researched-based reasons for their success. His new book, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed," is something of a reverse …
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