Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

Written by:
Jared Diamond
Narrated by:
Henry Strozier

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2019
18 hours 46 minutes
A brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, by the author of the landmark bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. In his earlier bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in the final book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma. In a dazzling comparative study, Diamond shows us how seven countries have survived defining upheavals in the recent past -- from US Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan to the Soviet invasion of Finland to Pinochet's regime in Chile -- through a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation, and he identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. Looking ahead to the future, he investigates whether the United States, and the world, are squandering their natural advantages, on a path towards political conflict and decline. Or can we still learn from the lessons of the past? Adding a psychological dimension to the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics, and anthropology that marks all Diamond's work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient. The result is a book that is epic, urgent, and groundbreaking.
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Gary G.

Jared Diamond--brilliant and timely analysis. Always enjoy reading him.

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Very good would like to know what he will write about the pandemic now

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Morgan G.

His analysis of past political upheavals is classic Jared Diamond but in the last section as he attempts to apply these lessons to the current political situation in the US he sounds like a political pundit. No historian can be objective about current events, It should be up to future generations to analyze the events of the present.

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Petr H.

Do not be repelled by very academic first chapter - the book is a very interesting piece. Very complex yet clear and non-biased points of view

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Susan H.

Although long, and having repetitive reviews of each nations actions, it was very informative and well worth the read! I learned a lot about history of nations not taught in school. And now I am better informed to deal with the present and future.

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Another great book by Jared Diamons. This time it"s an excellent geopolitical analysis of 7 nations in time of crisis, and the actions they have taken or are taking to survive. I wonder what it would take the US to recognize and resolve the ongoing crisis of identity and survival.

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Kaye G.

Upheaval By Jared Diamond is a great listen. He makes lots of interesting comparisons between the behaviours of countries in crisis and points out potential crisis that countries may in the future face. I would love it if the seven pointers he keeps coming back to were sent out with the books as remembering these could be most useful. Would highly recommend this book.

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Roland G.

Very insightful and informative. Like comparative analysis utilization Roland

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