In this book Jared Diamond outlines, with the aid of some apt case studies, why some societies have failed to stand the test of time through overlooking the long term implications of their short term actions.
What could have been a turgid, academic review of one of the key problems of our times has been avoided by Jared Diamond, who manages to write in a very fluid and engaging style that makes you unable to put the book down.
When reading this book I could not help but think of the parallels that could be drawn, not with individual societies, but of the whole world in the age of globalisation and high, unsustainable consumption. A case in point is Easter Island, where a once rich and flourishing society collapsed through the unsustainable use of a seemingly plentiful resource.
A thoroughly good read, though worrying in the number of parallels that can be drawn between collapsed societies of the past and our own cotemporary global society.