Jared Diamond
Past Event
Talks & Debate

Jared Diamond

Tue 23 Apr 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have been advised by City Books that unfortunately Jared Diamond Upheaval on Wed 29 May has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and ticket buyers have been contacted. 

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of Time Magazine's best non-fiction books of all time, Collapse, a No. 1 international bestseller, and The World Until Yesterday, among other books. A professor of Geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Ornithology, Ecology and History.

In his landmark books Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilisations rise and fall. Now, at a time when crises are erupting around the world, he reveals what makes certain nations resilient in the face of tremendous upheavals. In a riveting journey into our recent past, he traces how seven countries have survived defining catastrophes - from the forced opening of Japan to the Soviet invasion of Finland to Chile's brutal Pinochet regime - through selective change, a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation.

Exhibiting 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 in times of crisis. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal yet.

The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.