Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

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By (author) Jared Diamond

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 616 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 26mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140279512
  • ISBN 13: 9780140279511
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Illustrations note: Illus., Maps
  • Sales rank: 35,032

Product description

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.

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Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.