Learning from the Past to Change Our Future

Science  07 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5706, pp. 45
DOI: 10.1126/science.1105671

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Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. By Jared Diamond. Viking Press, New York, 2005. 591 pp. $29.95, C$44. ISBN 0-670-03337-5.

Examining cases such as Easter Island, the Greenland Norse, and the Classic Maya, the author provides a comparative study of the economic and social ruin that occurs when societies undermine their ecological foundations.