Upheaval

Upheaval

Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

Book - 2019
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"In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face. Can we learn from lessons of the past? Adding a psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology, and anthropology that mark all of Diamond's books, Upheaval reveals factors influencing how both whole nations and individual people can respond to big challenges. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet." -- Provided by publishers.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316409131
0316409138
Characteristics: ix, 502 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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GummiGirl
May 24, 2019

The author defines "crisis" very broadly and doesn't come up with a grand formula for how countries deal with one. But I did learn some interesting things.

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athena14
May 12, 2019

I expected to enjoy "Upheaval," having been captivated by "Guns, Germs and Steel." But this book is a bunch of psychological theories (courtesy of his wife?), some personal memories, and a bit of history of 7 countries. I gave up early.

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lgleggett1
Apr 30, 2019

Please order the ebook version, LL

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