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The Five Stages of Collapse Dmitry Orlov Book Collapse KSC Subtitled 'Survivors' Toolkit'. "..in very uncertain times, Orlov's advice is kind-spirited and extraordinarily helpful."
Collapse Jared Diamond Video/Book Collapse Kl Co History of civilizations that fell apart
Collapse of Complex Societies Joseph Tainter Book Collapse OIT "Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history...[the author] develops a new and far-reaching theory that accounts for collapse among diverse kinds of societies."
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Hedges & Sacco Book Revolt KlCo Wow! Makes you cry, makes you hopeful, makes you want to go out and man the barricades. Their discussion on how revolutions come about is worth the price of admission.
The Long Emergency Kunstler, James H. Book EnergyDescent KSC Surviving the end of oil, climate change, and other converging catastrophies of the 21st century. "If you give a damn, you should read this book."
War & Peace & War Peter Turchin Book Collapse Kl Co Turchin uses dynamical modeling to understand the rise and fall of empires. This book explores in detail the rise and fall of early empires -- Western Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Greek, Holy Roman, Frankish, etc, etc, ending with trying to understand how his analysis applies to the current American, Chinese, Russian, and (maybe) EU empires. Heady stuff, strongly recommended.
The World Without Us Weisman, Alan Book Collapse Both An approach to understanding humanity's impact on the planet
Historical dynamics : why states rise and fall Peter Turchin Book Collapse ILL (U of O) Prof. Turchin is one of a few scholars advancing the field of "cliodynamics", or the application of mathematical dynamical modeling to the study of history, with a view to making history a predictive, rather than purely descriptive, science. An article in _New Scientist_ for Oct 12-18, 2013, describes Turchin's use of his methods to understand the federal government's shutdown around budget issues in the fall of 2013. His prognosis: we're very close to governmental failure.

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