First published in 2005, the book is a fascinating, scholarly historic tour – up to modern times – exploring vanished civilizations.
On lonely Easter Island, humans ignored nature, built astonishing monuments to themselves, and guaranteed their own demise. Other civilizations have done, and are doing, much the same thing. In this wonderfully researched and written book, Jared Diamond details the forces that lead to collapse and shows us what we must do to avert crisis. Our grandchildren are counting on us to read and understand it. (Robert H. Waterman, coauthor of In Search of Excellence)