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on 7 February 2005
Readers familiar with Mr. Diamond's best-selling Guns, Germs and Steel will recognize the recipe in this book: a tightly-woven blend of archaeology, geography, geology, and economics that offers up a big-picture answer to the question of why some societies simply collapse.
Though the author can get tendentious at times and tends to lend inordinate primacy to strictly environmental factors, his case studies make for great --and chilling-- reading.
The reconstruction of the agony of Easter Island is an extreme but cautionary story of a community brought to civil war, cannibalism, and almost complete societal collapse basically because they cut down too many trees.
A much more valuable contribution to the state of the world, and especially the gospel of sustainable development, than most titles out there.
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