Gun, Germs, And Steel By Jared Diamond

1585 WordsMar 24, 20167 Pages
Jared Diamond is a Geography professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has many fields of interest ranging from physiology to evolutionary biology and biogeography . Adding to that, Diamond also has published countless articles and authored multiple books. His most decorated book “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and is widely regarded as a groundbreaking scientific work. In the prologue of “Collapse”, Jared Diamond claims that his previous book “Guns, Germs, and Steel” focused on the buildup of societies over the last 13,000 years and his present book ‘Collapse” focuses on the factors that cause failure and survival in civilizations all across the world2.” Diamond analyzes the breakdown of all societies through a unique scale called the five-point framework. This framework considers environmental damage, climate change, hostile neighbors, friendly trade partners, and most importantly society’s response to its environmental problems. Every society he studies he applies this framework to determine a possible flaw in the collapse of the society. The novel starts with Montana’s current environmental problems and evaluates societies as ancient as the Mayans and as recent as Modern China. Unlike its award-winning predecessor, “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, “Collapse” was not met with the same success in sales or in professional reviews. Although still a successful book, it did not earn as much recognition and sometimes presented feeble
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