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This review is from: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive (Paperback)
Jared Diamond makes a powerful case of why we should take note of how some societies have collapsed, while others have prospered. The chapters on ancient societies that have collapsed for one reason or another are all excellent, as are the ones on those that have endured.
Some of the later chapters of the book are rather too heavily dependent on anecdote; a few appendices with some more detailed empirical analysis to support some of the author's assertions (e.g. on the economics of USA mining companies, climate change and Australia's dodgy economic structures) would have strengthened his case greatly. Nevertheless, this is a must-read for anyone interested either in the collapse of ancient societies or the future of our globalised world.