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The Next Apocalypse: The Art and Science of Survival

The Next Apocalypse: The Art and Science of Survival

by Chris Begley
The Next Apocalypse: The Art and Science of Survival

The Next Apocalypse: The Art and Science of Survival

by Chris Begley


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In this insightful book, an underwater archaeologist and survival coach shows how understanding the collapse of civilizations can help us prepare for a troubled future.

Pandemic, climate change, or war: our era is ripe with the odor of doomsday. In movies, books, and more, our imaginations run wild with visions of dreadful, abandoned cities and returning to the land in a desperate attempt at survival.

In The Next Apocalypse, archaeologist Chris Begley argues that we completely misunderstand how disaster works. Examining past collapses of civilizations, such as the Maya and Rome, he argues that these breakdowns are actually less about cataclysmic destruction than they are about long processes of change. In short: it’s what happens after the initial uproar that matters. Some people abandon their homes and neighbors; others band together to start anew. As we anticipate our own fate, Begley tells us that it was communities, not lone heroes, who survived past apocalypses—and who will survive the next.

Fusing archaeology, survivalism, and social criticism, The Next Apocalypse is an essential read for anxious times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541675285
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 342,519
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Chris Begley is an underwater archaeologist, a wilderness survival instructor, and an anthropology professor. He has a doctorate from the University of Chicago, was a Fulbright scholar to El Salvador, and is a National Geographic Explorer. He has worked in North, Central, and South America and around the Mediterranean. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Introduction 5

Part I The Past: Archaeology of the Apocalypse 9

Chapter 1 When Things Fall Apart 17

Chapter 2 Why Things Fall Apart 41

Chapter 3 How Things Fall Apart 63

Part II The Present: Envisioning the Apocalypse 85

Chapter 4 Apocalyptic Fantasies 93

Chapter 5 Apocalyptic Fears 121

Chapter 6 Reading and Writing the Apocalypse 141

Part III The Future: The Next Apocalypse 153

Chapter 7 Likely Scenarios 157

Chapter 8 Who Survives and Why 175

Conclusion 225

Acknowledgments 235

Bibliography 237

Notes 249

Index 265

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