Superlative review of the effects of the environment on societal failure or success. Non-partisan and sensitive to business as well as ecological concerns, Diamond examines the collapse of several ancient and modern societies and counsels our careful attention to the future. A must-read for any intelligent person concerned about our children's future world.
I picked this up in the airport for some travel-time reading. As seems to be typical with this genre, the author could only see to the end of his own nose. His theory about the collapse of societies is intriguing but by no means perfectly solid, yet he would leave you believing everyone else's ideas are worthless. Neat concept, but quite big-headed.
a must read for anyone interested in knowing how precarious all societies (including ours) maintain their balance and can be toppled with only a few minor negative occurrences--major calamities not necessary. eye-opening if you think this can't happen--the stock market, the over reactive media, the general public, all are sensitive to the factors promoting panic. No society is immune, choose wisely.