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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
Jared Diamond

Diamond describes in detail what is known about how various ancient societies collapsed, including Easter Island and the Norse settlements in Greenland. He also looks at modern examples of environmental damage, and claims that the Rwandan genocide was at least partly the result of population pressure.

The first part of the book is brilliant, but I felt that where he tries to draw general conclusions for the world's future he fails to convince, largely because he does not address the issue of Peak Oil.
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