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An important book by the author of an equally important book, Guns, Germs and Steel. This looks at all the main civilisations and what went wrong and how we, forewarned, possibly may survive. It’s extraordinarily readable, full of fascinating facts and highly recommended.
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.
Publication date: 26/01/2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||26th January 2006|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Science: general issues,|
Jared Diamond was born in Boston to a physician father and a teacher/musician/linguist mother. After training in laboratory biological science he became Professor of Physiology at UCLA Medical School in 1966. However, already while in his twenties, he also developed a second parallel career in the ecology and evolution of New Guinea birds. That led him to explore some of the most remote parts of that great tropical island, and to rediscover New Guineaâ€™s long-lost Golden-fronted Bowerbird. In his fifties he gradually developed a third career in environmental history, becoming Professor of Geography and of Environmental Health Sciences ...More About Jared Diamond