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  • Published: 7 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241958681
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $27.99

Collapse

How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive




The No.1 International Bestseller that has sold over 15,000 hardbacks and over 165,000 paperbacks (Vista) and counting

From groundbreaking writer and thinker Jared Diamond comes the epic, visionary book, now in a revised edition with a new afterword, 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.

  • Published: 7 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241958681
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME’s best non-fiction books of all time, the number one international bestseller Collapse and most recently The World Until Yesterday. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond’s work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.

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