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[how Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed]

Audiobook CD - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL comes an examination of what caused the downfall of some of the great civilizations in history. Moving from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and the doomed Viking colony on Greenland, Diamond looks at the patterns of catastrophe and weaves an all-encompassing thesis, claiming that environmental damage, climate change, bursts of population growth, and fatal political choices are chief factors responsible for the collapse. In some important ways, these factors are similar to the problems that have brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, and are making China and Australia cope in innovative ways.

Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2004
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415917275
1415917272
Branch Call Number: CD 304.28 DIA
Characteristics: 22 sound discs (72 min. each) : 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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