search for books and compare prices
cover image
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback | Miscellaneous | CD/Spoken Word | Prebinding
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date January 4, 2011
Pages 589
Binding Paperback
Edition Revised
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780143117001
ISBN-10 0143117009
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $20.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

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

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?



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670033379
 
from Viking Pr (December 29, 2004)
9780670033379 | details & prices | 575 pages | 7.25 × 10.00 × 2.25 in. | 2.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations discusses the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, poor political choices, and other factors in their demise.
4th edition from Penguin USA (December 29, 2004)
9789990143621 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 2.25 lbs | List price $0.02
Paperback
Book cover for 9780143036555 Book cover for 9780143117001
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Revised edition from Penguin USA (January 4, 2011)
9780143117001 | details & prices | 589 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $20.00
About: 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 civilizationEnvironmental 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.
Reprint edition from Penguin USA (December 27, 2005)
9780143036555 | details & prices | 575 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $18.00
About: A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations discusses the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, poor political choices, and other factors in their demise.
Miscellaneous
from Penguin USA (February 1, 2007)
9781429527248 | details & prices | 592 pages | List price $14.99
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780143057185
 
Abridged edition from Penguin/Highbridge (December 29, 2004)
9780143057185 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $34.95
About: In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781435266858
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (May 9, 2008)
9781435266858 | details & prices | 575 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.24 lbs | List price $27.00
About: In his million-copy bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.