I’m about to start Jared Diamond’s Collapse.  Has anyone read that?  If so, what did you think of it?

16 thoughts on “Collapse”

  1. The values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate conditions are those values that were previously the source of their greatest triumphs over adversity. – Jared Diamond

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  2. Paul, I read it. It’s a pretty amazing book and one that I think every person living today should read. That said, it was one of those books that made me want to go ahead and slit my wrists. It is not, despite Diamond’s efforts to find the positive and hopeful, a happy book.


  3. It’s sitting on my bookshelf, staring at me. I just haven’t found the time to start it, and new books keep piling up (literally) around me.

    If it’s half as good as Guns, Germs, and Steel, it will still be a fantastic book.


  4. Stumbled over here via church of the churchless, and just happened to see your post. Too coincidental for me to not respond, as I’ve just begun reading.

    One of the blurbs on my copy opines that it’s like taking a college course with brilliant and enthusiastic teacher. I think that’s true. Not much about, say, cyanide-heap mining in Montana is all that interesting to me, but Jared Diamond makes it not only fascinating but relevant.

    I also agree with the poster above about the tone of the book. I’m not finished yet– maybe it turns upward– but thus far, despite his best efforts, it’s deeply depressing. The thrust is that human beings tend to destroy their own environments and cause their own collapses simply by being too complex or shortsighted to change. The parallels to modern life simply draw themselves– and I’m no eco-warrior, really, so I feel like if I am impacted so strongly, odds are good it means something.

    Anyway, share what you think.


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