Supplementary: The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond (2)

The central premise of this book is simple – there are tribal societies remaining in the world today that are similar to the way people lived before the rise of states (approximately) 11,000 years ago. We can learn lessons from these tribal societies that will help us live more successful, safer, longer and happier lives.Continue reading “Supplementary: The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond (2)”

Book review: The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

I reviewed Diamond’s “Guns Germs and Steel” last year and it is fair to say it made a significant impression on me. Readable but serious, refusing to duck some really challenging issues, I still find myself referring to some of the ideas and stories set out in this book. Guns Germs and Steel tried toContinue reading “Book review: The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond”

Collapse by Jared Diamond, 2005

Collapse – How Societies Choose to fail or Survive Jared Diamond (2005) An amazing book, which may well have finally cured me of my aversion to non-fiction. I am told it has since been made into a TV programme (or series) but not one which I caught. In brief, this is, as the title suggests,Continue reading “Collapse by Jared Diamond, 2005”