• von Jared Diamond
  • Sprecher: Michael Prichard
  • 27 Std. 2 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion, and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization.
Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves 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. 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?


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The rules of the game

In this successor to "Guns, germs and steel" in which he depicted civilizations as repeated games on human populations, Jared Diamond focuses in this book on the rules of the games. These consist of mutual influences like aggressive neighbors and trade flows, external factors like climate change and environmental influences as well as self inflicted elements. Jared Diamond claims that in particular the latter are the more treacherous onces as their non linear effects are more difficult to predict when the trespassing of their critical points lead to catastrophic changes within a couple of generations.

In spite of its inspiring argumentation, the book does not reach the "eureka" moment of the first book and only classifies the rules that were already implied in the previous work. But I feel guilty to boost with knowledge that is not my own, but for which the author of this book was my inspiration. As such, I would recommend this book as a second go for a splendid bottle of wine of the same millesime: an additional moment to enjoy and an acknowledgment that indeed it is a good wine.

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- Marc Dierckx

Great book, great I've listened to

J. Diamond is a great writer, and the content is rich and diversified.
The author is balanced in his views, and presents multiple views on every topic. Really great stuff!
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- stephkidd32

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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 04.11.2014
  • Verlag: Penguin Audio