Jared Diamond’s new book Collapse: How Societies Choose or Fail to Succeed is due out December 29th. His main argument is that many past civilizations have declined due to ecological catastrophes, and that we underestimate similar risks today. Here is an exclusive article by Diamond, which summarizes much of the book.
His older Guns, Germs, and Steel is a modern classic on the rise of the West; I am also much enamored of his The Third Chimpanzee. You’ll hear more on his latest once I get my hands on it, any Diamond book is an event.