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Publisher's Summary

For decades, American foreign policy has been based on the seductive belief that there exists a logical relationship between power of states and the physics of change. And yet today policies designed to make us safer instead make the world more perilous. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to boost the quality of life of people around the world, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions taken to stem a financial crisis guarantee its arrival. Environmental techniques engineered to protect species lead to their extinction. Middle East peace plans produce less peace. Our world is not becoming more stable or flatter or easier to comprehend. And what we face isn't one single shift, like the end of World War Two or the collapse of the Soviet Union, so much as a revolutionary avalanche of ceaseless change. Now, drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, human immunology, psychology and his own extraordinary experiences, Joshua Ramo puts forth a radical new model for looking at the world, one that embraces its inherent unpredictability--and offers our best hope for dealing with problems and disasters as they emerge.
©2009 Joshua Cooper Ramo; (P)2009 Hachette
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By Richard on 04-08-09

Great read, well read

I purchased this book because it was recommended by Fareed Zakaria on GPS. If you enjoy his unbiased, intelligent, long range, big picture supported by facts approach to recent events, this book this book is for you.

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By Anthony on 08-04-09

Thought provoking, interesting, novel outlook

It only took a couple of days for me to finish this audio book, I often did not want to turn the iPod off. Ramo introduces a lot of interesting ideas that he illustrates and drives home with intriguing accounts, anecdotes and reports from various scientific, cultural, economic and political sources and points of view. Having been a reporter and well traveled, Ramo was able to draw vivid detail from experience. You could imagine putting some of the concepts to work your own life.

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