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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
By Jared Diamond

Title available in paperback?: Yes
Pages: 592

Description of Book:

"This book brings together a diverse set of interests including politics, anthropology, economics, and biology."
-- Title nominated by Tom Clark, faculty, Biology

Collapse is already on your list and was also going to be my nomination. It is technically too long for the One Book guidelines, but it's not hard reading and not particularly expensive. I realize it's not a play nor a translation, but it captures the sustainable communities idea very well, and does it historically and globally. I think it might also give good fodder for discussion. It's nice that it's full of quirky history and anthropology and not particularly preachy, though it clearly does have a message.
--Title also nominated by Scott Sernau, Faculty, Sociology and Anthropology, and Director of International Programs

"I would like to suggest "Collapse" by Jared Diamond for next year's One Book, One Campus choice. While it is not under 350 pages, it is in paperback, has wide appeal to a variety of disciplines, and is extraordinarily well-reviewed."
--additional title recommendation by James M. VanderVeen, faculty, Sociology and Anthropology

Reviews/Articles/Publisher Information with more about the title:

Penguin Group USA. "Collapse" URL.

Joseph, Pat. "Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed." Sierra. May/June 2005 Ebscohost. URL. Login required if off-campus.

Last Reviewed: 03/2014