Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed: Revised Edition

byJared Diamond

Paperback | January 4, 2011

Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed: Revised Edition by Jared Diamond
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In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Diamond is also the author of Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis


Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves 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. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.

Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?

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. Among his many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundatio...
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Title:Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed: Revised EditionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:608 pages, 8.38 X 5.45 X 1.26 inShipping dimensions:608 pages, 8.38 X 5.45 X 1.26 inPublished:January 4, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143117009

ISBN - 13:9780143117001

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