Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Author: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is the glass-half-empty follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. While Guns, Germs, and Steel explained the geographic and environmental reasons why some human populations have flourished, Collapse uses the same factors to examine why ancient societies, including the Anasazi of the Ame….Read More

11 Books Similar to Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons—all… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Genetics, History of Civilization & Culture, Social Evolution, Student Collection

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Hace 13.000 años la evolución de las distintas sociedades humanas comenzó a tomar rumbos diferentes. La temprana domesticación de animales y el cultivo de plantas silvestres en el Creciente Fértil,… Continue Reading Posted in: Anthropogeography, Cultural Development, History, Human Geography, Social Behavior

Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

"Michael Shermer has given a lot of things a lot of thought. If your perceptions have ever rubbed you the wrong way, you'll find Science Friction fascinating." —Bill Nye, The… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Miscellanea, Philosophy, Science Essays & Commentary


Homer called it a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. As Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates here, salt has shaped civilisation from the beginning, and… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Dietry, Sodium Chloride

The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World

The Internet revolution has come. Some say it has gone. In The Future of Ideas, Lawrence Lessig explains how the revolution has produced a counterrevolution of potentially devastating power and… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Communications Law, Electronic Books, Information Society, Internet & Telecommunications

The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer. Psychologist Geoffrey… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, History, Intellect, Organic Evolution, Sociology of Marriage & Family

Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild Frontier

This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Biography, United States, West

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But… Continue Reading Posted in: American Revolution (1775 1783), Bibliography, Electronic Books

Leave a Reply