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Collapse - How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Jared Diamond

In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? Look out for Jared Diamond's latest book, The World Until Yesterday, coming from Viking in January 2013.

In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? Look out for Jared Diamond's latest book, The World Until Yesterday, coming from Viking in January 2013.
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In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? Look out for Jared Diamond's latest book, The World Until Yesterday, coming from Viking in January 2013.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Prichard

Length:

27h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:48


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:01


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:51


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:44


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:56


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:13


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:36


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:33


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:28


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:30


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:21


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:04


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:51


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:16


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:38


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:55


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:46


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:45


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:56


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:48


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:24


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:35


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:42


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:36


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:07


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:43


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:12


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:25


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:32


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:36


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:50


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:03


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:52


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:07


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:36


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:20


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:46


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:48


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:15


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:30


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:39


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:15


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:23


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:16


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:13


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:08


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:33


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:38


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:49


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:55


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:54


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:25


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:29


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:20


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:59


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:31


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:13


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:10


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:24


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:50


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:09


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

06:27


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:48


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:08


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

08:42


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:28


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:59


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:38


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:52


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:10


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

05:04


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:42


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:20


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

08:58


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:34


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:56


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:27


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:40


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

08:26


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:05


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:19


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

07:05


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

07:23


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:40


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:37


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:23


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

07:47


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:49


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

06:34


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:33


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

03:55


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

05:12


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

06:30


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

06:25


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:41


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

06:23


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

08:27


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

07:27


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

03:45


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

05:42


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

06:52


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:33


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:07


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

07:43


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

05:32

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