Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects-Revised & Updated (Revised)


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6.09 X 9.04 X 0.64 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Dmitry Orlov was born and raised in Leningrad, USSR and immigrated to the United States in the mid-seventies. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. Dmitry is an engineer who has contributed to fields as diverse as high-energy Physics and Internet security. Starting in 2005, he has written extensively on the subject of the approaching collapse of the United States, and the many similarities and differences between the post-American and the post-Soviet experience. Dmitry sees his mission as a public service: in his numerous articles, presentations and interviews he has argued that collapse of the US, although inevitable, is survivable, given the right attitude and some timely preparation.


"Orlov has a brilliant mind. This is a lucid thought experiment of what could happen to the United States in the event of collapse, whether caused by dependence on oil, debt, other deficits, or, simply, the complexity and fragility of the system. A must-read for all those who study fragility and risk management."

- Nassim N. Taleb, Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU-Poly, author The Black Swan

"Dmitry Orlov brings a penetrating intelligence to a subject few dare to face squarely: the impending tragic implosion of the American Dream. He writes with assurance, clarity and wit from a singular point-of-view - someone who has witnessed the prior Soviet crack-up. This book is indispensable for anyone who seeks to understand the economic storm that is about to make landfall on our shores."

- James Howard Kunstler, author The Long Emergency

"Dmitry Orlov is a genius. Reinventing Collapse in its original version has more than stood the test of time and events as a prophetic vision of the challenges that are being so clearly defined for us as a civilization today. The new and revised edition is priceless because it incorporates current events and emerging trends and views them through the eyes of this terrific writer and thinker. And Orlov's sense of humor always plants a minefield full of laugh bombs in the right places. Nobody sees it like Orlov and nobody says it like Orlov."

- Michael C. Ruppert, author Crossing the Rubicon

"Be prepared to have your window shoved open and feel the fresh air shake you up. But don't worry, reading Dmitry Orlov usually just means gaining special insights with a strange, humorous twist. Dmitry is unique, contributing mightily to the vital but suppressed discussion of collapse and rebirth."

- Jan Lundberg, Culture Change

"Unlike many commentators, Orlov has seen collapse first hand, in the Former Soviet Union - there aren't too many books about the impending collapse of civilization that make you laugh out loud, but Reinventing Collapse is one of them."

- Bart Anderson,

"Heretical, hysterically funny, always on point, deeply perceptive - Dmitry Orlov has been through a societal collapse and come out the other side. On that other side is a fascinating view of contemporary American society, a good deal of wisdom and a surprising amount of hope - not that some magical transformation will fix everything for us, but that even the collapse of empire is not the end of the world."

- Sharon Astyk, author Depletion & Abundance: Life on the New Home Front and blogger,

"Orlov's Russian perspective on the American collapse is valuable not just for its predictions, but for its attitude: economic collapse is not an unthinkable horror, but a routine and fascinating part of history, and if you find yourself in one, you should look around."

- Ran Prieur,

"Dmitry Orlov has set out to write a gloomy comparison of what happened to Russia at the end of the Soviet Empire and how illprepared the American Empire is for the same fate, and ended up writing something wickedly funny, profoundly hopeful and filled with good advice. His advice is not to avoid collapse, that would be futile, but to prosper and thrive in the midst of it."

- Albert Bates, attorney, inventor, and author The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook