Upheaval by Jared Diamond audiobook

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

By Jared Diamond
Read by Henry Strozier

Recorded Books, Inc.

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781980034445

  • ISBN: 9781980034445

Runtime: 18.74 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in HIstorical Study

A brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, by the author of the landmark bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. In his earlier bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in the final book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma. In a dazzling comparative study, Diamond shows us how seven countries have survived defining upheavals in the recent past -- from US Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan to the Soviet invasion of Finland to Pinochet's regime in Chile -- through a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation, and he identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. Looking ahead to the future, he investigates whether the United States, and the world, are squandering their natural advantages, on a path towards political conflict and decline. Or can we still learn from the lessons of the past? Adding a psychological dimension to the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics, and anthropology that marks all Diamond's work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient. The result is a book that is epic, urgent, and groundbreaking.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Eye-opening lessons about the political and psychological forces that lead to crisis and then resilience…and what that suggests about our future and the world’s…[A] wise and beautiful book.” Diane Ackerman, New York Times bestselling author
“I read Upheaval with appreciation for its historical sweep… If the world is going to hell in a handbasket, Diamond has not given up hope that we can change course.” Nature
“Diamond [has] demonstrated the ability to extract answers from unwieldy masses of information and apply it to understanding questions of today…and briefly discusses other global threats to political stability.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Jared Diamond does it again: another rich, original, and fascinating chapter in the human saga.” Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

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Author

Author Bio: Jared Diamond

Author Bio: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Among Dr. Diamond’s many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than two hundred articles and his book Guns, Germs, and Steel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 18.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English