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What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened 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? This book deals with these questions.
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From the author of "Guns, Germs and Steel", Jared Diamond's "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive" is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's "Collapse" uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened 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, Jared Diamond's "Collapse" also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. "A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race". ("Daily Mail"). "Riveting, superb, terrifying". ("Observer"). "Gripping...the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it". ("Economist").
"This book shines like all Diamond's work". ("Sunday Times"). Jared Diamond (b. 1937) 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.
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.
Author
Jared Diamond
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0241958687
ISBN-13
9780241958681
Media
Book
Publication Date
2011-06-30
Pages
608
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Subtitle
How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
304.28
Illustrations
maps
Short Title
COLLAPSE
Language
English
Residence
Los Angeles, CA, US
Affiliation
UCLA University of California, Los Angeles UCLA
Format
Paperback

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