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Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed

Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
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In Jared Diamond's follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Diamond, Jared M.
Collapse.
New York : Viking, 2005
(OCoLC)603966407
Online version:
Diamond, Jared M.
Collapse.
New York : Viking, 2005
(OCoLC)607511625
(DLC) 2004057152
(OCoLC)56367771
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jared Diamond
ISBN: 9781101502006 1101502002 0670033375 9780670033379
OCLC Number: 883315261
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed June 19, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Jared Diamond.

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In Jared Diamond's follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide'

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