Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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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?

In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, 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?

As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving 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, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. 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?

Original price was: R40.00.Current price is: R32.00.

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1 in stock

Author: Jared Diamond

Format: Medium Softcover

Condition: Very Good

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As New – A secondhand book that can easily pass for a new one.

Very Good – Book is in great condition with only a minor blemish here and there.

Good – Book shows visible reading wear but nothing serious.

Fair – Book shows clear and more significant wear, especially on the cover, but is still solid and intact.

Worn – Book shows severe wear and tear while still being intact (commonly known as a “reading copy”). Worn books are still good perfect for a good read, all pages will be intact with none threatening to fall out.

 

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Nuut – ‘n Nuwe, ongeleesde boek.

Soos Nuut – ‘n Tweedehandse boek wat nog maklik vir ‘n nuwe een kan deurgaan,

Baie Goed – Die boek wys minimale verweer,

Goed – Die boek wys sigbare verweer, maar niks ernstigs nie.

Redelik – Die boek wys duidelike leesverweer, veral op die omslag, maar is steeds stewig en heel.

Verweerd – Die boek wys ernstige verweer, maar is steeds heel en heeltemal leesbaar (ons noem dit ‘n “leeskopie”). Geen bladsye is los nie.

Book Formats

Paperback: Mass market paperback, roughly 180mm x 110mm

Medium Softcover: Larger paperback, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Softcover: also called a “Trade Paperback”, roughly 235mm x 155mm

Medium Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 235mm x 155mm

 

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Sale!

Original price was: R40.00.Current price is: R32.00.

1 in stock

1 in stock

Author: Jared Diamond

Format: Medium Softcover

Condition: Very Good

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?

In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, 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?

As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Moving 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, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. 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?

Delivery Options

Build a Bundle

To save on shipping you can buy books and when you are ready, you pay for the shipping and we send all your books at once.

Paxi (Pep to Pep)

Standard Bag R60: delivery within 7 – 9 days to a Pep near you.

Aramex Courier

Delivery within 3 – 4 working days to your door.

Pudo (Locker to Locker)

We will send your package to the nearest locker of your choice.

Collection

Collect your package in Silverton, Pretoria East.

Description of book condition:

Description of book condition:

New – Brand new and unread book.

As New – A secondhand book that can easily pass for a new one.

Very Good – Book is in great condition with only a minor blemish here and there.

Good – Book shows visible reading wear but nothing serious.

Fair – Book shows clear and more significant wear, especially on the cover, but is still solid and intact.

Worn – Book shows severe wear and tear while still being intact (commonly known as a “reading copy”). Worn books are still good perfect for a good read, all pages will be intact with none threatening to fall out.

 

Beskrywing van boeke se toestand:

Nuut – ‘n Nuwe, ongeleesde boek.

Soos Nuut – ‘n Tweedehandse boek wat nog maklik vir ‘n nuwe een kan deurgaan,

Baie Goed – Die boek wys minimale verweer,

Goed – Die boek wys sigbare verweer, maar niks ernstigs nie.

Redelik – Die boek wys duidelike leesverweer, veral op die omslag, maar is steeds stewig en heel.

Verweerd – Die boek wys ernstige verweer, maar is steeds heel en heeltemal leesbaar (ons noem dit ‘n “leeskopie”). Geen bladsye is los nie.

Book Formats

Paperback: Mass market paperback, roughly 180mm x 110mm

Medium Softcover: Larger paperback, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Softcover: also called a “Trade Paperback”, roughly 235mm x 155mm

Medium Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 200mm x 130mm

Large Hardcover: Hardcover book, roughly 235mm x 155mm

 

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