Collapse

by Jared Diamond

Penguin Usa | June 28, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Collapse is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.
In his runaway bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond brilliantly examined the circumstances that allowed Western civilizations to dominate much of the world. Now he probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Using a vast historical and geographical perspective ranging from Easter Island and the Maya to Viking Greenland and modern Montana, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of environmental catastrophe?one whose warning signs can be seen in our modern world and that we ignore at our peril. Blending the most recent scientific advances into a narrative that is impossible to put down, Collapse exposes the deepest mysteries of the past even as it offers hope for the future.

?Diamond?s most influential gift may be his ability to write about geopolitical and environmental systems in ways that don?t just educate and provoke, but entertain.? ?The Seattle Times

?Extremely persuasive . . . replete with fascinating stories, a treasure trove of historical anecdotes [and] haunting statistics.? ?The Boston Globe

?Extraordinary in erudition and originality, compelling in [its] ability to relate the digitized pandemonium of the present to the hushed agrarian sunrises of the far past.? ?The New York Times Book Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Usa

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143036556

ISBN - 13: 9780143036555

Found in: History

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely disturbing... This book is a real wakeup call for those people out there that think everything is great and the environment is being looked after. It examines several past civilizations that failed to live according to their conditions and within their resources. Although I found the comparisons became a little repetitive over 500 some odd pages, it is still an eye-opening and intriguing read.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meticulous history with a warning This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who subscribes to the End Times doctrine. It requires no lake of fire in the Middle East to bring about our demise; we just need to keep doing what we're doing. Diamond's writing style is, at times, tediously pedantic, but he clearly outlines the criteria required for a civilization to collapse and supports his thesis with meticulous and fascinating historical research, with examples from around the world. Encouragingly, he also provides examples of civilizations that have achieved sustainability.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insightful! Great global overview investigating the collapse of different civilizations. Must reading! Problem lies in the last few long chapters when the author begins to ramble about the fate of our planet from major industries. That should have been left for another book which would have made this one even better!
Date published: 2006-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping One of the greatest things history has to offer is to realize major mistakes and to take measures to prevent them again. In "Collapse", we realize that more is at stake than most people perceive, when the collapse of past societies are examined with careful scientific evidence, and similarities are found in today's societies. In this well written book, we are taken on a journey from present day Montana (a mining environmental disaster) and then through past civilizations like Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Henderson Island, then on to Mayan and Anasazi society, and then to Greenland and Iceland. We are shown what has worked and why, as well as what has been disastrous. One can only imagine what the person who felled the last tree on Easter Island was thinking when their livelihood was so interdependent on wood. The focus then shifts to modern societies and the practical lessons that result from current decisions. Hindsight is said to be 20/20. Maybe it is time we put on our glasses. A great read!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute MUST READ!! Whether you are a CEO of a Multi-National company, a dyed in the wool environmentalist, a happy-go-lucky consumer, a student, an old school it's not my problem, I'm doing very well thank-you hedonist, or even if you've never read anything other than romance novels or science fiction, this is an absolute MUST READ for every human being on the planet! If you can't read, or claim you don't have the time, listen to the CD audio version. Truly, Collapse by Jared Diamond is THE ESSENTIAL BOOK OF OUR TIME! Katherine G. MacRae
Date published: 2006-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended Very thought-provoking, good read. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in anything beyond the end of his or her own nose... My other recommendation is Can We Live 150 Years? by M. Tombak. Revolutionary!
Date published: 2005-02-17

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Collapse

by Jared Diamond

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Usa

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143036556

ISBN - 13: 9780143036555

About the Book

In this fascinating book, Diamond seeks to understand the fates of past societies that collapsed for ecological reasons, combining the most important policy debate of this generation with the romance and mystery of lost worlds.

From the Publisher

In his runaway bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond brilliantly examined the circumstances that allowed Western civilizations to dominate much of the world. Now he probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Using a vast historical and geographical perspective ranging from Easter Island and the Maya to Viking Greenland and modern Montana, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of environmental catastrophe?one whose warning signs can be seen in our modern world and that we ignore at our peril. Blending the most recent scientific advances into a narrative that is impossible to put down, Collapse exposes the deepest mysteries of the past even as it offers hope for the future.

?Diamond?s most influential gift may be his ability to write about geopolitical and environmental systems in ways that don?t just educate and provoke, but entertain.? ?The Seattle Times

?Extremely persuasive . . . replete with fascinating stories, a treasure trove of historical anecdotes [and] haunting statistics.? ?The Boston Globe

?Extraordinary in erudition and originality, compelling in [its] ability to relate the digitized pandemonium of the present to the hushed agrarian sunrises of the far past.? ?The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Among Dr. Diamond’s many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan''s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than two hundred articles and his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.