ix, 502 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 470-484) and index.
Prologue: Legacies of Coconut Grove -- Part 1. Individuals. Personal crises -- Part 2. Nations : crises that unfolded. Finland's war with the Soviet Union ; The origins of modern Japan ; A Chile for all Chileans ; Indonesia, the rise of a new country ; Rebuilding Germany ; Australia : who are we? -- Part 3. Nations and the world : crises underway. What lies ahead for Japan? ; What lies ahead for the United States? : strengths, and the biggest problem ; What lies ahead for the United States? : three 'other' problems -- What lies ahead for the world? ; Epilogue: Lessons, questions, and outlook.
"With his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of why civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how some nations successfully recover from crises while adopting selective changes--a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals--ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face. Can we learn from lessons of the past? Adding a psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology, and anthropology that mark all of Diamond's books, Upheaval reveals factors influencing how both whole nations and individual people can respond to big challenges. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet."-- Dust jacket.
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