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|Author||: Jared Diamond|
|Editor||: Penguin UK|
From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' - Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' - Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' - Economis 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' - Sunday Times
|Author||: Jared Diamond|
In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Diamond is also the author of Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, 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 committing ecological suicide?
|Author||: Mark R. Beissinger|
|Editor||: Cambridge University Press|
This 2002 study examines the process of the disintegration of the Soviet state.
|Author||: Keir Magalie Strickland|
|Editor||: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd|
This book reassesses the apparent collapse of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, through explicit reference to the archaeological record, rather than focusing solely upon textual sources which have been overly relied upon in previous studies.
|Author||: James Turk,John A. Rubino|
|Editor||: Crown Business|
Explains how investors, worried about the continual devaluation of the dollar, can preserve and increase their wealth by investing in gold mining stocks, gold coins, and gold-based digital currencies, examining the potential risks and profits of gold investment, how to integrate gold into a balanced financial portfolio, and more. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
|Author||: Patricia A. McAnany,Norman Yoffee|
|Editor||: Cambridge University Press|
Questioning Collapse challenges those scholars and popular writers who advance the thesis that societies - past and present - collapse because of behavior that destroyed their environments or because of overpopulation. In a series of highly accessible and closely argued essays, a team of internationally recognized scholars bring history and context to bear in their radically different analyses of iconic events, such as the deforestation of Easter Island, the cessation of the Norse colony in Greenland, the faltering of nineteenth-century China, the migration of ancestral peoples away from Chaco Canyon in the American southwest, the crisis and resilience of Lowland Maya kingship, and other societies that purportedly "collapsed." Collectively, these essays demonstrate that resilience in the face of societal crises, rather than collapse, is the leitmotif of the human story from the earliest civilizations to the present. Scrutinizing the notion that Euro-American colonial triumphs were an accident of geography, Questioning Collapse also critically examines the complex historical relationship between race and political labels of societal "success" and "failure."
|Author||: Michael G. Pento|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
A noted adherent of Austrian School of Economic theories makes a controversial prediction about an imminent financial apocalypse, explaining why the crisis will occur and who will be most affected while outlining recommended solutions for governments, industries and individuals for safeguarding against the worst effects.
|Author||: Shuzhen Liu|
|Author||: Nathan Jay Schwartz|
Contents: Formulation of the Problem Similarity and Dimensional Techniques The Role of Energy The Model The Equations of Motion, Boundary and Initial Conditions Cavity Collapse with a Fixed Sound Speed at the Cavity Wall Perturbation Theory Boundary Conditions The Self-Similar Equations Analysis of the Non-Self-Similar Equations Analysis at the Cavity Wall Analysis at the Singular Point x = 1.51.
|Author||: William J. Stuntz|
|Editor||: Harvard University Press|
Rule of law has vanished in America’s criminal justice system. Prosecutors decide whom to punish; most accused never face a jury; policing is inconsistent; plea bargaining is rampant; and draconian sentencing fills prisons with mostly minority defendants. A leading criminal law scholar looks to history for the roots of these problems—and solutions.
|Author||: William E. Watson|
A one-stop source of information, analysis, biographical profiles, and key primary documents on the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union.
|Author||: John Lewis Gross|
|Author||: Edward Motley Pickman|
|Author||: Piero San Giorgio|
|Editor||: Conran Octopus|
For millions of people, the ongoing economic crisis has marked the End of the World As We Know It. The "American Dream" (and ones like it) of a guaranteed job, a home, and a pension, has given way to the nightmare of unemployment, unpayable debt, depression, and uncertainty. In Survive The Economic Collapse, Piero San Giorgio looks behind the headlines and sound bites and demonstrates that today's economic crisis is no temporary "downturn," nor is it simply the result of bad policies. The crisis is the beginning of the end of a global paradigm when expectations of endless economic growth and progress crash up against the reality of scarcity and limited resources. The implications of the collapse cannot be ignored: a steep decline in living standards due to the evaporation of easy credit; a new political landscape that might inspire nationalism, geopolitical reshuffling, and even wars over resources; and, potentially, a reduction in global population. No mere doom-sayer, San Giorgio explains not just how to understand the crisis but overcome it how to foster a resilient community, stay healthy, and become self-sufficient and productive in the "interesting times" that lie ahead. Packed with tactical information and resources, Survive is nothing less than a field manual for the apocalypse.