Title: COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking, 2004
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 575 pages. Published in 2004. The author's fourth book. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jared Diamond's "Collapse". "In 'Guns, Germs, And Steel', Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilization developed the technologies and immunities that allowed it to dominate much of the world. Now, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin and what can we learn from their fates? Diamond weaves an all-encompassing thesis through a series of fascinating historico-cultural narratives. Traces the fundamental and irreversible pattern of catastrophe: Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of past societies. But others found solutions and persisted. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivalled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing. Destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time" (Publisher's blurb). Precisely because of its immense wealth and "so-much-at-stake" standing, America lulls Americans into believing that it will always be dominant, and will always be around. Diamond's "case studies" from the past belie this false and dangerous sense of invincibility. An absolute "must-have" title for Jared Diamond collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "Best wishes, Jared Diamond". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award In Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth Club of California's Gold Medal in 1999 and 2000 for "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JARED DIAMOND TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670033375. Bookseller Inventory # 19942
Synopsis: A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, includes coverage of such cultures as the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, climate change, poor political choices, and other factors that were pivotal to their demise. 250,000 first printing.
Review: Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is the glass-half-empty follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. While Guns, Germs, and Steel explained the geographic and environmental reasons why some human populations have flourished, Collapse uses the same factors to examine why ancient societies, including the Anasazi of the American Southwest and the Viking colonies of Greenland, as well as modern ones such as Rwanda, have fallen apart. Not every collapse has an environmental origin, but an eco-meltdown is often the main catalyst, he argues, particularly when combined with society's response to (or disregard for) the coming disaster. Still, right from the outset of Collapse, the author makes clear that this is not a mere environmentalist's diatribe. He begins by setting the book's main question in the small communities of present-day Montana as they face a decline in living standards and a depletion of natural resources. Once-vital mines now leak toxins into the soil, while prion diseases infect some deer and elk and older hydroelectric dams have become decrepit. On all these issues, and particularly with the hot-button topic of logging and wildfires, Diamond writes with equanimity.
Because he's addressing such significant issues within a vast span of time, Diamond can occasionally speak too briefly and assume too much, and at times his shorthand remarks may cause careful readers to raise an eyebrow. But in general, Diamond provides fine and well-reasoned historical examples, making the case that many times, economic and environmental concerns are one and the same. With Collapse, Diamond hopes to jog our collective memory to keep us from falling for false analogies or forgetting prior experiences, and thereby save us from potential devastations to come. While it might seem a stretch to use medieval Greenland and the Maya to convince a skeptic about the seriousness of global warming, it's exactly this type of cross-referencing that makes Collapse so compelling. --Jennifer Buckendorff
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