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    DescriptionIn his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving 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, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. 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? Read by Christopher Murney.


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    Title
    Collapse
    Subtitle
    How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Geography Jared Diamond
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Number of pages: 8
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 145 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143057185
    ISBN 10: 0143057189
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    BIC subject category V2: HBTP, HBLA1
    DC21: 304.28
    LC classification: JA
    Abridged Dewey: 301
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    DC22: 304.28
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS052000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, NHTP
    Edition
    Abridged
    Edition statement
    abridged edition
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    29 December 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Among Dr. Diamond's many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than two hundred articles and his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
    Review quote
    "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