- Paperback: 590 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (30 Jun. 2011)
- ISBN-10: 0241958687
- ISBN-13: 978-0241958681
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive Paperback – 30 Jun 2011
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"Mr. Diamond...is a lucid writer with an ability to make arcane scientific concepts readiily accesible to the lay reader, and his case studies of failed cultures are never less than compelling." The New York Times
..".Collapse is a magisterial effort packed with insight and written with clarity and enthusiasm." Businessweek
"Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse represent one of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation. They are magnificent books: extraordinary in erudition and originality, compelling in their ability to relate the digitized pandemonium of the present to the hushed agrarian sunrises of the far past. I read both thinking what literature might be like if every author knew so much, wrote so clearly and formed arguments with such care." Gregg Easterbrook, The New York Times Book Review" --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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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."
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"Extremely persuasive . . . replete with fascinating stories, a treasure trove of historical anecdotes [and] haunting statistics."
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"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."
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But it is into the two sections on Easter and the Greenland Norse that you can tell the author has poured his soul. They really stand out in what I read of this book - most of it - and perhaps for the history-interested layman they are the most interesting chapters to read. I'm not sure if the author presents anything radically new, but what he does do, which is to provide the lay reader with a useful summary of the present facts and findings on the two mysteries - he does very well. I feel I am now up to speed with some of the latest research into the disappearances of civilized society on Easter and in Norse Greenland. Nowhere else have I seen such useful and up-to-date general/overall accounts of the state of research into these two former societies. It's really required reading for anyone who has an interest in either. Not only does the author present us with - at the time of writing - the latest research, he also considers many pertinent issues himself and comes to his own conclusions. It's as if he took all the latest findings on Easter and Greenland and put them into an comprehensive, accessible, and useful/relevant perspective. What a great place then to start your readings into these two societies.Read more ›
If you have the patience to wade through the book then it's a must read, as you will feel that bit more enlightened on the actions our current society should be taking.
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Go this as a gift for my girlfriend's dad. Jared Diamonds books are always fascinating in their study of societies and this one is no different. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ZippyHorn
This is the first of Diamond's books that I have read and it was a real eye-opener to see the world and society in particular through a geographer's eyes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sofia
Well written but very dense and needs to be read a bit at a time. Good contentPublished 15 months ago by Musical
there's not much I can say about diamond's writing that hasn't already been said.
he's thorough, sometimes to the point of seeming repetitive. Read more