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Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

May 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Rainy Day Books Author Event co-sponsored with the Linda Hall Library.
This event will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri

The book

Jared Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals, and how these nations have coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face, such as climate change and dependence on fossil fuels. Can we learn from lessons of the past?

Adding a psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology, and anthropology that mark all of Jared Diamond’s books, Upheaval reveals factors influencing how both whole nations and individual people can respond to big challenges. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal yet.

The author

Jared Diamond, a noted polymath, is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his many awards are the U.S. National Medal of Science, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of the international bestselling books Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, Why Is Sex Fun?, The World until Yesterday, and The Third Chimpanzee.


This event will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112.


Admission package for one or two people is $22.99, plus Kansas sales tax. It includes one softcover copy of Upheaval, one stamped author autographing admission ticket, and one guest admission ticket (if needed). Please register at the Rainy Day Books website. Admission packages can also be purchased in-store at Rainy Day Books or by calling 913.384.3126.

Book Signing

A booksigning will follow the presentation.



May 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Linda Hall Library


Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W 47th St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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