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How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

By Jared Diamond
19-minute read
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Collapse explains how societies fall. It explains the reasons behind the disintegration of once mighty civilizations like the Mayans in Central America or the Vikings in Greenland. Their stories provide us with harsh lessons on the possible consequences of our own environmental and societal mismanagement.

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Collapse is a tremendously interesting read on how historic societies failed. I find the parallels between extinct civilizations and our world today both fascinating and alerting. Despite over-simplifying some of the causes for collapsing societies, Collapse still triggers a lot of thoughts and makes you think differently about our world.”

– Holger, CEO of Blinkist

  • Anyone who cares about the environment
  • Anybody who stares in wonder at the monuments of ancient civilizations
  • Anyone who is worried about the future of our society

Jared Diamond trained as a physician before becoming a professor of geography at UCLA. He is best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee, The World Until Yesterday and Guns, Germs and Steel, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize.

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