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Fascinating and important
on 8 June 2009
I agree with everything the previous reviewer stated, particularly that the book is surprisingly light and easy to read for such a potentially depressing subject. It is very disturbing that all the indications of a society's imminent collapse are so evident in ours, such as the abandonment of scientific thinking or unfair, dumbed-down taxes. It is appropriate that Jacobs refers to Jared Diamond in the text, because his 'Collapse' is the perfect companion to this book. Together, they form a formidable argument...that we are in deep trouble.
The two weak areas are, yes, the lack of positive advice - but then the book is primarily a wake-up call - and also the lack of references. For example, the case of Ireland's cultural dark age having been thwarted by the power of song and art, is an interesting one; but when she refers to Ireland now surpassing the productivity of England, one questions what the source for that information could be.
This is possibly one of the most important books around right now but should be read in conjunction with others such as 'Collapse' to get a more complete picture.