Scary but Essential Reading! Apr 1, 2007
As usual, Jared Diamond writes a ground-breaking book. He explores numerous past societies that collapsed, explains the reasons quite clearly, and draws parallels to our own modern situation without hysteria and without total despair (which his facts and continuing environmental trends tend to create in readers). He shows a solid appreciation of the complexities of societal action in the modern age and yet makes quite clear why we HAVE to do something soon to save our world. The worst environmental trouble spots are--surprise! surprise!--the worst political trouble spots. The connections between environment, political problems, and societal responses are stated in thought provoking ways. The term "MUST READ" is bandied about easily in today's hype-heavy atmosphere. In this case the term truly applies.