This book has been five years in the making, and now I am finally in a position to finish the job and put a copy directly in your hands. I will even sign it. I have contracted with a fulfillment center to promptly ship out copies of The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit as soon as they come off the press in early May. By popular demand, I have also added an option to let you order an autographed, numbered copy, for a little extra. The book will eventually filter out to various online bookstores and maybe even a few actual real ones, but it will take a few months for that to happen, and half a year or so until a few of your dollars trickle down to me. But if you pre-order the book directly from me, then I get paid first, and in return I will personally see to it that your copy is included in the very first print run and that you get it in May. Your direct support is very important: it is what will allow me to continue blogging and writing books. Thank you.|
I have placed my order.
Thank you for making it easy for non-US readers to support you directly. I look forward to reading it
Okay, I have faith in your humanity that even if the US currency collapses before May you will still honor my order and send me an autographed copy. If the US Post Office goes down, however, I do not expect any heroics.
I bit for an autographed copy, looking forward to it!
Just ordered my autographed, numbered copy.
Hopefully the first of many.
I just pre-ordered your book and look forward to reading it sometime in May, (If we don't collapse before then... ;-)
Tom in N.C. USA
Army warns of Egypt's 'collapse'
Egypt's armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi warns that the current political crisis "could lead to a collapse of the state".
Just ordered! Thank you Dmitri for all your work and invaluable insight. You truly are an engaged, activated citizen of the world!
I like the cover art - the little black swan is a nice touch.
Thank you Dmitri,
These past weeks, I have noticed you needing a break from the US collapse. As you pointed out yourself, it's hard to focus on the US downfall when you are withing your homeland and experiencing their recovery.
If you would be so inclined, I would love to learn about the recovery from your perspective. I'm familiar with the nuclear physicist turned city duck exterminator, and with many of the other details you've shared about the bottom... but what happened to cause the upswing? Did people simply get over the collapse and decide that life had to go on? Was that the turning point? What significant societal changes occurred to bring about the regrowth? I doubt many would question whether the US is failing, and thanks to your writing, we can understand how. The gap I see today, is in understanding what we do next.
Privet, Dmitry, the sailors in Seattle must have your book for the co-op's library, of course ;-)
How relevant is the content for someone living outside of the united states?
Do you think the 5 stages will also play out in small moderately developed agricultural countries like New Zealand?
I realise we do import a lot of the day to day items from far off China.
@Blockhill, just based on the original article, I think I can say with confidence that it is very relevant to someone living in a country such as New Zealand. The timeliness is where living outside of the US matters. Any economy based on petroleum faces the danger of collapse at some point. Ones that have debt to GDP ratio over 1 have imminent risk. For places like Somalia this book may or may not be completely irrelevant.
My only question,,,do you get the entire 10 bucks for the autographed addition?
To answer some of the questions that have been asked here:
1. Russia's recovery was enabled by a renewed emphasis on law and order and ample funds from hydrocarbon exports. It is a country on the upswing, just as the US is a country in decline, and this manifests itself in numerous differences that I will describe at some point.
2. The autographed copies will require extra shipping and handling, so I won't get the full $10. In fact, it's hard to project how much I will gain from this exercise. If the pre-orders amount to less than 1000 copies then I may gain nothing.
3. In doing the research on this book, I looked at the entire globe—developed countries like Iceland and the US, and places like Somalia and Afghanistan (it seems inaccurate to call them "nations") which are characterized by "durable disorder". I even looked at a tribe that makes iron weapons using stone age technology. The book is about humanity in general, not any specific part of it.
Ordered autographed copy today! Anxious to read the book and learn even more from this insightful author.
If the US Post Office does collapse then I shall await the arrival of the Hogfish (or Hogfish II) in this corner of the southwest Pacific.
Also, thanks for "Hold Your Applause".
Autographed copy ordered!
Dear Mr Orlov,
I don't have a Paypal account and don't want one due to their data privacy agreement. I would be happy to pay $40 cash via post for a signed copy of your new book if you have some other method of payment such mail to a PO box or a merchant account that takes VISA, MC, AMEX, Master etc.
PayPal provides lots of payment options, including all the major credit cards.
I don't subscribe to Paypal because of their data privacy agreement hence I proposed sending cash, or going through a bank merchant account.
On another note to Mr. Wheeler if I can double post? What in the world makes you think that US currency may collapse or the US postal service end before May? Do you have a model with assumptions and thesis for this with a probability range? If so I would like to see your math and will share mine which point to 2020 if you share yours.
Just a suggestion to help Michael. Major banks now allow you to email money to people. I have used this option and it's very easy. You would not need PayPal. Be sure Dmitri is comfortable with the option.
Dmitri, processing an email money order is as simple as clicking a link in the email. I've been using them for a couple years. It would be a good option if this type of request comes in regularly.
Please only post this comment if you feel the suggestion is suitable.
Will there be a Kindle or other e-book format of this? I'd love to read it but I live aboard a ship as well and my space for printed dead tree matter, as lovely and aesthetic as it is, is fairly nonexistent.
For some of us, asking us to use Paypal is like asking us to get a mortgage loan from Bank of America, and a credit card from Capital One. There are other free payment methods available (Google Checkout, and a slew of others).
Paypal really is scum (search; "Paypal alternatives")
Hopefully shipping providers are still operating at affordable rates in May '13. If this collapse accelerates we may have difficulty getting the book. Thanks Orlov for being Awesome. I ordered two books.
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