Jared Diamond: Crisis Management by People and Nations
When the Maya...were cutting down their trees, there were no historians or archaeologists, no newspapers or television, to warn them of the consequences of their actions. We, on the other hand, have a detailed chronicle of human successes and failures at our disposal. Will we choose to use it?"
- Jared Diamond, in a New York Times editorial, 01/01/05
Jared Diamond's books debunk some cherished misconceptions. The Pulitzer prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel demolished the idea that Europeans are inherently superior to other peoples. And Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, his latest volume, challenges the belief that technology alone can save the environment.
Diamond speaks a dozen languages, and his books rely on fields as diverse as molecular biology and archaeology, as well as obscure knowledge about everything from typewriter design to feudal Japan. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. Diamond is also US regional director of the World Wildlife Fund.
In 1998 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, and was presented with the National Medal of Science by president Bill Clinton in March of 2000.
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