Homer's Travels: Book: Jared Diamond's Collapse

Friday, September 01, 2006

Book: Jared Diamond's Collapse

The latest book I've read is ""Collapse" by Jared Diamond. The book attempts to explain why some civilizations die while others thrive. Essentially, he posits that environmental decay resulting from both man-made and natural causes is the primary cause of civilization collapse. This sounds like a major oversimplification to me. Then again, I am not an anthropologist and my opinion may be useless.

I read Mr. Diamond's previous book, "Guns, Germs and Steel". That book was interesting but very dry and difficult to read at times. Collapse is written in a more readable style but, near the end, started to dry out too.

All in all, I enjoyed it.

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