Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
In this epic and absorbing book, Jared Diamond unravels the mysterious collapse of past civilizations and examines what this might mean for our future. He poses such questions as ‘Why do some societies flourish, while others founder?’, ‘What happened to the people who made the long-abandoned statues of Easter Island or to the architects of the crumbling Mayan pyramids?’, ‘Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat?’ Diamond brings together new evidence from a range of sources and pieces together the many influences that make societies self-destruct. He attempts to demonstrate that, how unlike our ancestors we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors.
Jared Diamond, 2006
Penguin, London, UK, 592 pp
Penguin Group UK, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, UK