Collapse

Collapse

[how Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed]

Audiobook CD - 2005
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"What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture on Easter Island to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland and finally to the modern world, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of catastrophe, spelling out what happens when we squander our resources, when we ignore the signals our environment gives us, and when we reproduce too fast or cut down too many trees. Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unstable trade partners, and pressure from enemies were all factors in the demise of the doomed societies, but other societies found solutions to those same problems and persisted. Huge in scope, clear and passionate in style, 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 destroying itself?"--Container.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, cp2005.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781415917275
1415917272
Branch Call Number: CD 304.28 DI
Characteristics: 22 sound discs (ca. 27 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Prichard, Michael (Michael J.)

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Oct 13, 2017

The book is excellent; the narrator, Michael Prichard, is lacking.

As the volume of his voice drops in the conclusion to each of the book's sections -- in which all the previous data and analysis is synthesized into important "take away" points -- Mr. Prichard adopts a conspiratorial tone that frustrates the listener's attempts to comprehend.

I listened while I drove, and one hand was forever on the volume button.

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