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9780062088291 â€œI am an assiduous reader of John Castiâ€™s books. He is a real scientific intellectual.â€ Â â€”Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of Fooled by Randomness â€œCasti is at his best in presenting difficult philosophical ideas enthusiastically and lucidly, and in presenting everyday examples to illustrate them.â€ â€”New York Times Book Review In his highly provocative and grippingly readable book, X-Events, author John Casti brilliantly argues that todayâ€™s advanced, overly complex societies have grown highly vulnerable to extreme events that will ultimately topple civilization like a house of cards. Like Nassim Talebâ€™s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamondâ€™s Collapse, Castiâ€™s book provides a much-needed wake-up callâ€”sounding a fascinating and frightening warning about civilized societyâ€™s inability to recover from a global catastropheâ€” demonstrating how humankind could be blasted back into the Stone Age by a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, worldwide contagion, or any number of unforeseeable X-Events.