Have a Light Read : Our common struggles

【明報專訊】Recently "civilisation", a vague buzzword (時髦詞語), was used by both President Xi at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations and US Director of Policy Planning Kiron Skinner to overplay (過分强調) cultural differences between the East and West. But do we know what we are truly facing? Jared Diamond is good at writing on human civilisations and interdisciplinary topics. His new book Upheaval completes the loose trilogy by looking at how societies facing extreme pressure — crisis — can recover.