In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide? From the Trade Paperback edition.
The sweeping sickness, a global pandemic. Billions lie fallen, gripped by an unknown affliction. Hope is all the few survivors have. Hope that the collapsed will recover and wake again. But waking is when the real nightmare begins. A mystery illness sweeps the globe. Swifter and more virulent than anything ever recorded, enfolding the earth like a savage hand snatching a child's marble. The City Flu in Britain. The Sweeping Sickness in America. Misnomers, semantics, swirls of the matador's cloak, the names don't matter. There isn't time for that. Normal life is slipping its gears, sliding into unknown territory. The illness is never properly classified, identified or studied. The descent into disaster is too fast, the effects so debilitating that the impact is already catastrophic. Put simply, vast numbers of people become too ill to work and so things stop working. Horror is here, and greater horror lies ahead. Because the collapsed aren't just unconscious, they're changing. Cities lie strangely silent. Roads oddly deserted. In the countryside, the fields are empty of humanity, once more the preserve of the beast. The power is failing, the twittersphere going quiet, the fires burning unchecked. After a few unbelievable and devastating days, civilisation stands on the brink of collapse, on the precipitous edge of a fall that will be beyond comprehension. The smouldering dawn of an Apocalypse. A tiny percentage of the population remains unaffected. With incalculable numbers lying unconscious, those lucky enough to be immune are left with the impossible task of coming to terms with the situation, of grasping a horror that that is continuing to reveal itself. Recovery is still possible. The fallen may recover from their coma-like condition, their increasingly mutated state. If they come back, civilisation can be salvaged from catastrophe. But when the collapsed come back, the true Apocalypse will begin. Collapse is the story of a handful individuals as they attempt to retain their humanity ...and survive a post-apocalyptic world where, more often than not, all you have left is yourself. A world where monsters swarm every street, and horror haunts every thought. The first novel of the new Ferine Apocalypse series. Stories of survival in the face of unrelenting fear. But what cost survival? What cost living beyond Apocalypse? The immune, those that remain unchanged, have very few choices left, and none of them are good. As the Banjo Man says, days are dark and living ain't what it used to be. Mankind has dropped down a rung on the food chain. If you were fortunate enough to escape infection, you've just become a food source. And your world, the ordinary world, has changed beyond all recognition. It's become a savage place, where every step may be your last and being eaten alive may not be the worst thing that can happen. Being dead may be a better option. The Ferine World has new rules and those rules are in a state of flux. Blood flows freely and justice is governed by the mutable law of tooth and claw. In the midlands, Sam Scott, an ordinary woman confronted by a far from ordinary situation. The only thing she has worth saving is her sanity. In a village on the outskirts of Birmingham, George Lowton, a twelve year old boy forced into an unthinkable act by unimaginable circumstances. His last chance an unreachable brother, separated by a few miles that seethe with the stuff of nightmares. In London, Joe Byrne, a man tortured by the past, daunted by his own failings, and appalled by a future where danger looms at every turn and horror hides behind every corner. More appalled yet by his very own personal monster, the inadequacy that lurks within him. Apocalypse: Vision of violent events comparable to those foretold in the book of Revelation. Ferine: Bestial. Resembling, a wild animal. Untamed. Savage.
From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' Economist 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' Sunday Times Jared Diamond (b. 1937) is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
Examines first-hand accounts, architectual designs, causes, and follow-up investigations by forensic engineers into such structual collapses as the Hyatt Regency, Point Pleasant Bridge, and Vaiont Dam.
Collapse! is a Capstone Press publication.
America has collapsed into chaos after corporate interests finally gain total power over the government, freedom and human rights no longer exist as they don’t turn a profit. The middle class is replaced by the rich and privileged few and the poor, destitute hoards struggling to survive. In the midst of the lawless free for all Freddy Kington’s wife is brutally murdered in a robbery attempt and what starts out as an incensed path to revenge develops into the beginnings of a revolution against the Corporate States of America. Freddy utilizes his considerable expertise with boats and firearms to extract his revenge on Stanford when he visits Freddy’s new turf outside the US in the Bahama Islands. After Stanford is taken out of the picture Freddy disappears down island to points unknown to continue his covert assault on the Corporate States of America.
Product Description Collapse. It represents the end of one society and the beginning of another. What happens when the zombies come? In this collection of short stories some of those tales are told. The First Zombie explores the origins of the outbreak, created by a doctor chasing an age old dream. Inhumanity deals with one man’s struggle to escape the unseen horde chasing him. Cruising is the tale of what happens on a cruise ship when the infection spreads there. Finally, there is Contender, a story set in the first fall after the outbreak. These stories are set in the ‘Zombie Chronicles’ universe, where the zombies don’t stay mindless, shambling adversaries. Instead they grow smarter, faster and stronger as they feed on the flesh of the living.
A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, includes coverage of such cultures as the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, climate change, poor political choices, and other factors that were pivotal to their demise. 250,000 first printing.
VQC Synopsis by Lutz Barz The Great Attractor. It contains a super galaxy predating our own universe which the Big Bang surrounded. Within is a solar system containing two planets: Prima the origin of the race and it’s twin Regum populated by an aboriginal shamanistic culture and later emigrants from Prima wishing to escape the claustophobia of Primas overbearing theocracy. A shockwave of black matter repulsion-due to the GA’s huge gravity well – encoded is discovered by Roshati, an astronomer. For that she is judicially disposed of. Prima though has other priorities: bent on submitting Regum and simultaenously Earth. By reorienting their minds through the use of psychic aggressive Deep Visionaries stationed in space, living on Orbitals above Prima [and Regum]. A high tech, nano-based culture including breakthrough’s in Artificial Intelligent applications-add ins to their minds meant that the Reganians were free from labour. Individuality supreme. They not only explored space they built into it. First WebWorld, terrestrial cyber created and then WebSpace-ditto. The Primaians realising they were being left behind used their psychic abilities to attract what they wanted/needed such as the oribital. The Primaians using DVs to penetrate through space into the heart of the Ultimate Revelation. But then came the photons from Earth: to the Primaians [and later Reganians] a homicidal insane race that had to be kept away at all costs. Who could could tilt either towards Regum or Prima. So the Primaians intended to make sure that Earth is aligned to Primaian thinking. The Arktians-Spiral Andromeda- whilst studying the GA discovered that within that massive micro universe there is a process in progress that is changing the phase state of space. They decide to investigate. Is this process natural, configured as an end process or cyber intelligent driven? They are masters of quantum processes-something the Reganians are studying independently. Arktus space station: briefing agents. Insert Ung as the baseline into Prima’s space, then Ratze to see what gives and Nervina to investigate the results regarding the phase-change in progress. They ride the QFW’s with their inserted BRAIN [Broadscale Random Access Intelligent Networks] hiding their mission-in case the event is cyber intelligent. Regum inserts a mission over Mars-classical pre-tech world. Prima already influencing the Martians way of thinking. Only to have the DVs wipe out not just the Reganian mission but everything on Mars. Rather than have the Martians oriented towards Regum Prima turns Mars into a dead planet. The Reganian mission vanishes. Mena [Prima] wants to unite with the unitary god. Instead she is attracted to the Discrepancy D the process which Ung picks up. Carias [Prima] who has accessed WebWorld/Space-illegal on Prima-is sent to an asylum. Recruited to suss out the politics within the Web. With dire consequences. Ratze inserted connects via DVs to the D. Telafus-Prima’s pontiff connects to the D and goes insane. Primaian agents scoure Regum for old folklores to gain insight into their psychology for manipulation. Talex [Primaian agent] tries to recruit Nervina. Nervina escapes from Regum to Novus: a neutral planet. Prima creates a `kabal’ of dissatisfied scientists who want to work with Reganians to go to Earth-survey only. Prima has other ideas. They create via DVs a simulacrum for Earth who rules Tellurium [Atlantis]. Merduk a Primaian scientist is inserted to shadow the simulacrum who has gone independent if not rogue under the persona of Zohex. Civilisations in crisis. Prima intent on cosmic and global domination fearing Earth’s influence on Regum will tilt the balance against them. Regum indifferent will soon feel the wrath of Prima’s intransigence. However her scientists are not without resources in deep space. Luckily given that Ung, Ratze and Nervina exsist in a quantum phase-wave-state they therefore become untouchable. Using surreptitously their BRAINS they slowly uncover a cosmic sized plot to dominate all sentient life in the universe.
This book discusses the collapse and transformation of the Hollywood movie machine in the twenty-first century, and the concomitant social collapse being felt in nearly every aspect of society. Wheeler Winston Dixon examines key works in cinema from the era of late-stage capitalists, analyzing Hollywood films and the current wave of cinema developed outside of the Hollywood system alike. Dixon illustrates how movies and television programs across these spaces have adopted, reflected, and generated a society in crisis, and with it, a crisis for the cinematic industry itself.
This book is designed to demonstrate the precarious position of this country due to its huge debt. By 2020, the debt-GDP ratio of this country could well exceed 120 percent, which is considered the tipping point by the IMF. After such time, this country will suffer inflation, which will dampen investment, diminish the real value of savings, and result in a recession or depression. The primary solution for this country is to reform its entitlement programs and balance the budget. The book addresses how this country can enact a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution to stem this nation’s huge debt and how membership in the Libertarian Party can foster this enactment. This book shows how to privatize social security, Medicare, and Medicaid through individual savings accounts. The book also shows how this country can develop a low-cost catastrophic hospital plan as well as a low-cost GP (family doctor) insurance plan.
Most people intuitively understand that Darwin’s theory of evolution—natural selection acting upon random mutations—is a wholly inadequate theory for the creation of a human being. And most people feel unprepared to debate those scientists, professors, and scholars who use their academic authority to defend Darwinism, often bullying and belittling those of us who dare doubt Darwin. Now, Bredemeier identifies and succinctly encapsulates why Darwinism fails. Using anatomy and physiology as only a physician can, Bredemeier exposes the errors and false logic that Darwinian acolytes continue to employ as they protect their mortally wounded theory. Any reader with a high school or college education will become armed with straightforward examples of exactly why Darwinism fails. From anatomy and physiology of the human body—including neuroscience, genetics, embryology, and other fascinating fields of the increasingly numerous biological sciences—Bredemeier provides indisputable and damning evidence for which academicians, scientists, and even Nobel laureates, who zealously defend Darwinism, have no adequate answer.
Were there major population collapses on Pacific Islands following first contact with the West? If so, what were the actual population numbers for islands such as Hawai'i, Tahiti, or New Caledonia? These and related questions are at the heart of this new book, which draws together cutting-edge research by archaeologists, ethnographers, and demographers.
Mohamoud's work considers the underlying causes for the breakdown of the state across both time and space. Time is considered across the triple history - the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial processes. Space is used in the sense of taking the whole of Somalia as a unit of analysis. This approach enables the discovery of different structural crises over a period of time and examines these cumulative effects on the current upheavals in Somalia. Among the approaches, "State Collapse and Post-Conflict Development in Africa" covers the constraints in the harsh material environment; the subsistence pastoral mode of existence; the colonial intervention and the subsequent division of the land into five parts; Cold War geopolitics; decades of armed struggles; and the post-colonial crisis of governance. Dr. Abdulla (Awil) Mohamoud runs SAHAN, an academic research and consultancy agency, which conducts policy oriented research and fact finding missions abroad, mainly in Africa, undertakes evaluation and monitoring activities, provides training and offers advisory services on integration and multi-cultural issues. He holds an MA degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Mohamoud has served regularly as an election observer in UN, EU, Council of Europe and OSCE missions to conflict and war-torn societies (to East-Timor, Kosovo, Nigeria, Serbia, and Zimbabwe).
"Fisher and Prager have assembled a significant group of essays by the emerging generation of German cinema experts in the US. The anthology is the first serious attempt to retell the history of the New German Cinema and the `consensus' cinema of the 1900s through the lens of contemporary, post-2000 films in all their diversity. Film scholars, students of the German cinema, and the general reading public will discover here why `Deutsches Kino' is once again in the limelight."---Marc Silberman, chair of the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin, Madison "The Collapse of the Conventional offers a comprehensive introduction to contemporary German cinema and is bound to stimulate new debates about the legacies of New German Cinema and its politics of the aesthetic. A must for everyone interested in German cinema and Contemporary culture."---Sabine Hake, Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin "Bringing together many of the most important scholars of German film, this hugely significant collection offers a fascinating and subtle account of the contours of the political in the post-Wall cinematic landscape."---Paul Cooke, professor of German cultural studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. It was an event of major historic and global dimensions, yet it took the entire world totally by suprise. In this book, the authors interview dozens of people who dealt with Soviet affairs in the 1980s, all of who admit to having been caught off guard.
A response to the ten-year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK THIS WRITER HAS PRODUCED TO ALERT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SOME TERRIBLE INJUSTICES THAT ARE GOING ON IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF THE JFK INAUGURAL SPEECH IN JANUARY 1961: “LET US NOT SEEK THE REPUBLICAN ANSWER NOR THE DEMOCRATIC ANSWER BUT THE RIGHT ANSWER.” In this edition, the Author has provided you, the reader, with examples in all categories currently affecting the economy, progress, and antiquated thinking currently in progress in Washington, DC, and am presenting what I believe are the correct right answers with no consideration being given for politics, but what the writer believes is correct for America. It’s funny I am in the autumn of my life and things this writer were taught in his youth and as a young man come to mind like “Say what you mean and mean what you say” and later in military training, it was “You may have to stick your neck out for a buddy; never hesitate to do just that.” In this book as in my previous ones, that is exactly what I’m doing, not only for a buddy but for all of my fellow Americans and it feels just great! I believe I’m covered by the First Amendment’s freedom of speech, but the way this Administration tears through our Constitution—who knows from day to day?
Practically all Civil War historians agree that after the fall of Atlanta in September 1864 and Lincoln's triumphant reelection in November, the South had no remaining chance to make good its independence. Well aware that Appomattox and Durham Station were close at hand, historians have treated the war's final months in a fashion that smacks strongly of denouement: the great, tragic conflict rolls on to its now-certain end. ø Certain, that is, to us, but deeply uncertain to the millions of Northerners and Southerners who lived through the anxious days of early 1865. The final months of the Confederacy offer fascinating opportunities-as a case study in war termination, as a period that shaped the initial circumstances of Reconstruction, and as a lens through which to analyze Southern society at its most stressful moment. The Collapse of the Confederacy collects six essays that explore how popular expectations, national strategy, battlefield performance, and Confederate nationalism affected Confederate actions during the final months of the conflict.