A timely and fascinating exploration of the collapse of prehistoric Norse society in Greenlandexcerpted from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author Jared Diamonds Collapse
This excerpt from the New York Timesbestselling book Collapse takes a timely and fascinating look at prehistoric Norse Greenlandthe closest approximation of a controlled experiment in collapse in history. One island, two unique societies (Norse and Inuit). Only one of these societies would succeedthe other would fail. But how? With his trademark accessibility and comprehensiveness, Diamond documents how environmental damage, climate change, loss of friendly contacts and the rise of hostile ones, and the unique political, economic, and social settings of prehistoric Greenland combine to demonstrate exactly why and how societies choose to fail or succeed.
Jared Diamonds latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, is available from Viking.