Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

This book examines why ancient societies, including Viking colonies of Greenland, as well as modern ones such as Rwanda, have fallen apart.

Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Penguin, 2005.

While Guns, Germs, and Steel explained the geographic, environmental, and social reasons why some human populations have flourished, Collapse uses the same factors to examine why ancient societies, including the Anasazi of the American Southwest and the Viking colonies of Greenland, as well as modern ones such as Rwanda, have fallen apart.

Diamond's systematic analysis and nuanced understanding make his books a source of learning and inspiration to the Reut staff.

Like Diamond's books, The Reut Institute's publications emphasize the systematic aspects of the issues facing Israeli decision makers.

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