In 1942, a fire broke out in Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub, taking the lives of 492 people. While treating the psychological wounds of the loved ones left behind, therapists discovered a handful of characteristics that often shaped patient outcomes. Thus was born crisis therapy. Inspired by discussions with his clinical psychologist wife, professor Jared Diamond’s Upheaval applies the framework of crisis therapy to critical events across the globe and analyzes how the world might perform in future crises. The result is a fascinating, alarming and sometimes hopeful interdisciplinary read.
About the Author
Jared Diamond – geographer, historian, ornithologist and anthropologist – is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include The World until Yesterday and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel.
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