Author of the landmark international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond has transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, at a time when crises are erupting around the world, he explores what makes certain nations resilient, and reveals the factors that influence how nations and individuals can respond to enormous challenges. In a riveting journey into the recent past, he traces how six distinctive modern nations – Finland, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Australia – have survived defining catastrophes, and identifies patterns in their recovery.
Looking ahead, he investigates the risk that the United States and other countries, faced by grave threat, are set on a course towards catastrophe. Adding a rich psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology and anthropology that underpin all of Diamond’s writing, Upheaval is epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet.
‘Fascinating… I finished the book even more optimistic about our ability to solve problems than I started’ BILL GATES ‘Jared Diamond does it again: another rich, original and fascinating chapter in the human saga – with vital lessons for our difficult times’ STEVEN PINKER