This book got me hooked on Audible. It was my complimentary download courtesy The History of Rome podcast. Mike recommended it and I think I'll just take his recommendations from here on out. The narration was compelling, particularly when portraying the thoughts of the common soldiers in anticipation of the Battle of Hastings. My biggest complaint: it ended abruptly at the reign of Elizabeth. I want more!
I really wanted to give Jared Diamond a chance. Unfortunately, this massive work is missing one important thing: a thesis. After listening for several hours, it's clear that Diamond is just listing anecdotes of environmental sociology. An alternate title should've been "Collapse: Some Crummy Ways Civilizations Sometimes Die."
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