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Diamond, Jared. COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR SUCCEED. New York City, NY: Viking, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 575 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth book. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jared Diamond's "Collapse". "In 'Guns, Germs, And Steel', Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilization developed the technologies and immunities that allowed it to dominate much of the world. Now, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin and what can we learn from their fates? Diamond weaves an all-encompassing thesis through a series of fascinating historico-cultural narratives. Traces the fundamental and irreversible pattern of catastrophe: Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of past societies. But others found solutions and persisted. Despite our own society's apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivalled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge. Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing. Destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time" (Publisher's blurb). Precisely because of its immense wealth and "so-much-at-stake" standing, America lulls Americans into believing that it will always be dominant, and will always be around. Diamond's "case studies" from the past belie this false and dangerous sense of invincibility. An absolute "must-have" title for Jared Diamond collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "Best wishes, Jared Diamond". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award In Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth Club of California's Gold Medal in 1999 and 2000 for "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies". One of the greatest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JARED DIAMOND TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670033375. $100.00

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