I would give this book 4 stars. If you like world history, then this book puts a new spin of classic collapses that Lujano taught you all about or just brushed over. It was actually pretty interesting. However, this is a really long book. If you aren't planning on reading all semester, good luck finishing this. Some points toward the end seemed kind of redundant because they were demonstrated in one or two other examples already, but, all things considered, I would recommend this book if you enjoyed AP world or care about the environments affects on society.
I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because it is a good book but at some points it got extremely redundant by giving multiple of the same example in some chapters. Its really slow in the beginning which can turn keep you form starting but after like the first few chapters its great.
I liked the book because it's really more of a history book. On top of the history however the book can also be viewed from a psychological or cultural standpoint. It's interesting to know why people do things and when they did them. I give the book 3 out of 5 stars because I'm personally not the reading type and consider the book to be a little, but not too long.
** I chose this book because the other reviews said that it was more of a history book and I thought that would make it an easier read. However, I don't agree with it being a history book. It felt like I was reading a redundant science textbook. The book uses the same examples throughout and is very repetitive. I thought that the only thing really interesting was when they gave you the reasons why the societies collapsed, but it seemed like the majority of the chapters were just restating what had already been said.
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I liked this book, but, even if usually I'm not a slow reader, this time I was, because I get distracted very easily, so if anyone was to read this book, don't do it on an iBook. However, the book is very fascinating because it analyzes in really deep attention how, when, who, what and how things happened to past societies (like the Mayas) and present societies (like the Japan one). If you like history and the environment, this book is for you. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 (****), because it is an interesting book indeed, but sometimes it's too redundant and it's a little too long.
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