There are patterns to human behavior, societal change and catastrophes. In Jared Diamond’s book Collapse (a follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel), he explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization as we know it.
These elements were factors in the collapse of past societies around the world. Some found solutions and continued to survive. Others did not. Diamond traces these patterns through a number of global societies and draws attention to similar problems we’re facing today.
A brilliant book. A must read