Norse Greenland: A Controlled Experiment in Collapse--A Selection from Collapse (Penguin Tracks) [NOOK Book]

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A timely and fascinating exploration of the collapse of prehistoric Norse society in Greenland?excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize?winning author Jared Diamond?s Collapse



This excerpt from the New York Times?bestselling book Collapse takes a timely and fascinating look at prehistoric Norse Greenland?the closest approximation of a controlled experiment in collapse in history....
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Norse Greenland: A Controlled Experiment in Collapse--A Selection from Collapse (Penguin Tracks)

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Overview

A timely and fascinating exploration of the collapse of prehistoric Norse society in Greenland—excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jared Diamond’s Collapse



This excerpt from the New York Times–bestselling book Collapse takes a timely and fascinating look at prehistoric Norse Greenland—the closest approximation of a controlled experiment in collapse in history. One island, two unique societies (Norse and Inuit). Only one of these societies would succeed—the 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 Diamond's latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, is available from Viking.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101629352
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 423,215
  • File size: 918 KB

Meet the Author


Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. His previous books include Why Is Sex Fun?; The Third Chimpanzee; Guns, Germs, and Steel, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize; and the New York Times bestseller Collapse, which was made into a National Geographic Society documentary of the same name. His latest book, The World Until Yesterday, is available from Viking.
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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    I generally like Diamond's books, but the Greenland section is f

    I generally like Diamond's books, but the Greenland section is flawed. He claims the Greenlanders avoided fish, yet their is ample evidence of large-scale fishing activity in Greenland at the time of the Norse colony. I generally felt he had an agenda in this book and was purposeful in his mis-characterization of the Norse colony.

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