Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Author(s): Jared Diamond

Science

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.


Product Information

Shortlisted for Aventis General Prize for Science Books 2006.

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780140279511
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : 0.44
  • : January 2006
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jared Diamond
  • : Paperback
  • : 2006
  • : 304.28
  • : very good
  • : 575