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Collapse by Jared Diamond
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May 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: politics-current-affairs
Read in May, 2010

Yes, this book was overly dense and scientifically detailed at times. But overall, it was more than worth the effort it took to finish it- it is so full of fascinating, intriguing ideas, accounts and arguments that it is hard not to be gripped by it. What struck me most is how well informed Diamond is on an incredible array of subjects- whether it's history, anthropology, politics, biology or archaeology. He manages to interweave many or all of these themes into every single chapter, which provides the reader with a seriously intense learning experience. It is difficult not to have a huge amount of respect for someone who has had such a long and successful career in his field, who is recognized as a world expert in that field, and who has had such a vast amount of life experience. This, along with the author's genuine passion for the environment, is reflected on every page of the book. No, it's not great literature, but it isn't meant to be. It's meant to be well argued, backed up by facts and research, and make the reader want to get involved with, or at least stay informed about, environmental issues. On that note, I feel like 4 stars is a fair score, because it is a very clever, valuable book indeed but not a fantastic piece of prose and not even one you would necessarily wish to read twice. All in all, however, congratulations once again to Mr Diamond.

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