Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

by Jared Diamond | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0140279512 Global Overview for this book
Registered by biba89 of Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on 1/16/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
"Guns, germs and steel" is the title of the first book I read by this author. It made profound impact on my understanding of the world, the distribution of wealth and power and how this came to be. I look forward to his next book!
From the jacket: "The broad range of disciplines he weaves in to his writing - linguistics, genetics, animal behaviour, molecular biology and others - caused a reviewer to write: "Jared Diamond is suspected of actually being a pseudonym for a committee of experts".
I totally agree.

Journal Entry 2 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, May 26, 2007
Well this second one was not quite the thrill I expected after the guns, the germs and the steel. In fact, it took me such a long time to read that i got bored long before I finished the book. Then again he is so elaborate and there is so much to say, this could hardly be a smalle tome.
So. What I learnt was: people have done stupid things in the face of disaster all the time, and
the main reason for collapsing societies are deforestation. The Japanese, now, there is a smart people. They started protecting their forests way back in the sixteenth century, resulting now in a First world country with the highest amount of forest, 74%, in the world, and they import woodchips from everywhere, other countries who are still stupid enough to keep on logging their own land.

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