From groundbreaking writer and thinker Jared Diamond comes an epic, visionary new book on the mysterious collapse of past civilizations - and what this means for our future. Why do some societies flourish, while others founder? What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island or to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat?
Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Collapse also shows how unlike our ancestors we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Edition Penguin Books 2006. The new and unread book remains in very good condition. Immaculate throughout. Dispatch from UKReview:
"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"
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140279512
Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140279512