This book should be essential reading in all secondary and post secondary education!
Diamond looks at a series of civilizations and how they failed such as the Maya, Vikings, among many more. He explores success stories as well and offers practical lessons. A stunning work (Very dense reading).
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.