Upheaval

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In his landmark international bestsellers ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ and ‘Collapse’, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilisations rise and fall. Now, at a time when crises are erupting around the world, he reveals what makes certain nations resilient in the face of tremendous upheaval. In a riveting journey into the recent past, he traces how six countries have survived defining catastrophes – from the forced opening of Japan to the Soviet invasion of Finland to Chile’s brutal Pinochet regime – through selective change, a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma. He identifies unique patterns in the way that these distinctive modern nations – all countries in which he has lived – have recovered from these upheavals.

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‘A riveting and illuminating tour of how nations deal with crises – which might hopefully help humanity as a whole deal with our present global crisis’ YUVAL NOAH HARARI, author of SAPIENS

** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

Author of the landmark international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond has transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, at a time when crises are erupting around the world, heexplores what makes certain nations resilient, and reveals the factors that influence how nations and individuals can respond to enormous challenges.

In a riveting journey into the recent past, he traces how six distinctive modern nations – Finland, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Australia – have survived defining catastrophes, and identifies patterns in their recovery. Looking ahead, he investigates the risk that the United States and other countries, faced by grave threat, are set on a course towards catastrophe.

Adding a rich psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology and anthropology that underpin all of Diamond’s writing, Upheaval is epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet.

‘Fascinating … I finished the book even more optimistic about our ability to solve problems than I started’ BILL GATES

‘Jared Diamond does it again: another rich, original and fascinating chapter in the human saga – with vital lessons for our difficult times’ STEVEN PINKER

Additional information

Weight 963 g
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.7 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

ix, 500 , 32 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

363.34 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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