A great book for seeing the patterns, the common denominators and the trajectory of going along in the manner of business as usual. Human conceit and the part it plays is something we can now better understand. Therefore it seems we can heal from this aspect of ego and we could then change course. There is a new narrative of who we are and why we are here and i suspect many people are ready to embrace such a new story. Ok, so now doing the call to all artists of all media and mediums- J Campbell said it was up to us to "tell the new stories" I am in others? Let's do this!
A concise look at the history of some civilizations in human history and speculations on their downfall. The book was fair in it's portrayal of prehistoric societies and did not attempt to glorify any specific society. Regretfully the author's left wing bias was in full force in his conclusions. A very quick read and well worth it.
I read this book for a history class. It is an excellent book. It's a comprehensive look at history; a practical, pragmatic look at the problems that have been plaguing civilizations since their beginning. Wright outlines exactly why civilizations collapse, and begins to outline a possible solution. Everyone should read it.
A horrifically fun glance at the prehistoric evidence that our current ecological crisis has been a long, long, long time coming. This book should be read a lot more widely.
Really makes you think that we (our society, our current world order) aren't so unique, ... I was intrigued to learn about the level of sophistication of previous civilizations and curious to read other works by this Ronald Wright.
Frightening and fatalistic as mentioned below, but really interesting too from a historical standpoint. Progress isn't always a good thing!
The fatalistic trajectory of humanity’s future is put into frighteningly clear focus with every page of this thoroughly engrossing work.
It’s one of those books that you simply can’t help but bother the person next to you with the last factoid you just read.
The audiobook is great too!
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