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"Diamonds most influential gift may be his ability to write about geopolitical and environmental systems in ways that dont 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
A very detailed and plausible hypothesis as to why a selection of civilisations failed due to there impact on their environments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a well researched and thought provoking book. His chapter, for instance, on Easter Island, is particularly well written, and makes perfect sense.Published 4 months ago by 007Intrepid
Collapse is different from decline by virtue of its suddenness and scale of impact, defined as ‘a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political/ economic/ social... Read morePublished 5 months ago by N. Marik
Not as good as I expected it to be, I don't know the value of him writing about Australia and having to tell us about eating kangaroo meat.Published 5 months ago by Julie Colbran
I listened to the audiobook and found it really interesting. The book talks about various forms of societal collapse by looking at historical examples. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neil J. Pearson
A very interesting book. It shows how the over exploitation of fragile environments by modern and old societies can provoke the collapse of that very societies. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Babbo Natale
fascinating book written in an open folksy style. how societys can affect the environment gave example of norse settlers and innuits in greenland,interesting on the rather quick... Read morePublished 8 months ago by m. dosa
All of Jared Diamond's books are interesting, but to me this is the best.Published 9 months ago by jonathanc