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Gregg Easterbrook reviews Jared Diamond's new book. Nicely done. The "Fallacy of Uninterrupted Trends" is especially nice.
Posted by Craig on 06:35:00 AM in Books
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Just came across your page and appreciative comments about Gregg Easterbrook's review of Collapse.
I'd read the review before reading the book, at which point his reservations piqued my interest.
Since reading the book I re-read this review and my opinion of the review is less positive. Mr. Easterbrook makes a very selective description of items in the book. In particular he takes Mr. Diamond to task for generalizing about the planet based on occurences on small islands. Since the book devotes considerable amount of time discussing China, Australia, sub-Sarahan Africa and Montana, I find Mr. Easterbrook's generalization quite misleading.
He also chides Mr. Diamond for only speaking positively of pre-Menji Japan. Not true either.
His review actually brought to mind a musing in Mr. Diamond's book, "I wonder what that Easter Islander was thinking as he felled the last tree remaining on the island."
I still find Mr. Easterbrook's reservations provide food for thought, but I certainly wouldn't endorse them. You should read Mr. Diamond's book.
Frank Hankey |
April 29, 2005 at 05:45 PM
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