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A riveting and illuminating tour of how nations deal with crises which might hopefully help humanity as a whole deal with our present global crisis YUVAL NOAH HARARI, author of SAPIENS NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 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 The book analyses various crises in countries in past and contemporary times, and how they overcame those crises, by drawing similarities from the psychological crisis management theory for individuals e.g Knowing the problem, accepting responsibility, outlining it, honest self appraisal, ego strength national identity , flexibility, patience, important values et c.Even though it was written with the US audience in mind, nevertheless an informative read The author has quite effectively merged his personal experiences with the countries discussed along with his academic prowess. I thoroughly enjoyed the case studies of how various countries dealt with crisis Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Chile and the USA all feature here In each case Jared Diamond looks at the crises and how each country went about facing the challenge presented to them All of this i found fascinating and informative.The author also looks to fit each case study into a framework of 12 factors to determine how these factors affected their chances of success This seemed a little forced, although few consistent patterns emerge I found the last chapters, in which the author summaries the learning to be drawn, to be a little repetitive and tedious.Overall an interesting book, which could have done with a little tighter editing of the last few chapters There is nothing new here from Diamond unfortunately A sort of synthesis of his old ideas and a lot of inadequate history jumbled up with cod psychology The folksy tone and repetitive references combined with factual historical errors and inadequate research rather ruin the career of big ideas to date Alas, this will not stand the test of time and is best forgotten for not really knowing itself what it is about Like John Cleese who stopped being funny when he married a Californian psychotherapist, Diamond allows his love for his new wife to cloud his judgement and mush up his brain The connections and comparisons are feeble and unconvincing and the shallowness and inaccuracy of the historical analysis is shocking It will probably sell well on the West Coast, where historical rigour might be less obvious and has obviously attracted guff from journalistic jacket puffers, but as a serious piece of research it is sorely lacking Pity really that he felt the need to milk his fame one last soon forgotten time. Can we avoid the fates of individuals in sudden or slow meltdown and similar situations that some nations find themselves embroiled in The author being an optimist thinks we can and explains how to by detailed analysis of the histories of several countries with which he is very familiar and itemising many of the factors involved.His writing is always lucid well researched and thorough, and leads to the conclusion that the worst of history does not have to be repeated If we cannot conduct ourselves individually, and collectively as nations, as he outlines, then we can anticipate some really tough times My own view is that the odds are weighed against us but Diamond s recommendations if generally adopted would to some extent ameliorate our future degradations.