How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Jared Diamond

<p><strong>From the author of <em>Guns, Germs and Steel</em>, Jared Diamond's <em>Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive</em> is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations.</strong></p><p>Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's <em>Collapse</em> uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future.</p><ul><li>What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island?</li><li>What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids?</li><li>Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat?</li></ul><p>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 <em>Collapse</em> also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors.</p><p>'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race'<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Daily Mail</p><p>'Riveting, superb, terrifying'<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Observer</p><p>'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it'<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Economist</p><p>'This book shines like all Diamond's work'<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Sunday Times</p><p><strong>Jared Diamond</strong> (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.</p>
  • Penguin
  • Published 30th June 2011
  • 608 Pages
  • 129mm x 198mm x 27mm
  • 450g
  • £12.99