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Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era Hardcover – December 20, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0313234989 ISBN-10: 0313234981 Edition: New edition

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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; New edition edition (December 20, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313234981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313234989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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?[The author's] range of investigation sweeps from New Left politics to the bureaucratization of Soviet communism. Mostly, he examines the ambivalence inherent in America's dual role as disseminator of the technetronic revolution and principal preserver of the international status quo. Brzezinski's optimistic conclusions may comfort a few, but his cavalier treatment of contrary analyses, combined with his past record of undistinguished prognostication, can hardly leave them smug. The opinions are strong and, in general, challenge everyone, from the concerned layman to the practicing scholar.?-Library Journal

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[The author's] range of investigation sweeps from New Left politics to the bureaucratization of Soviet communism. Mostly, he examines the ambivalence inherent in America's dual role as disseminator of the technetronic revolution and principal preserver of the international status quo. Brzezinski's optimistic conclusions may comfort a few, but his cavalier treatment of contrary analyses, combined with his past record of undistinguished prognostication, can hardly leave them smug. The opinions are strong and, in general, challenge everyone, from the concerned layman to the practicing scholar.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By zz top on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
ZB sites a lot of Daniel Bell's work on `Post-Industrial Society':

Author also sites the dissolution of the Nation State. (This is interesting at this point because there seems to be at the moment a slight rise in nationalism around the world in particular in Russia and Venezuela.)

"The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities." (This was an excellent prediction although it is slightly worse now.)

'In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities effectively exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason." (Fox CNN and facebook?)

"Today we are again witnessing the emergence of transnational elites ... [Whose] ties cut across national boundaries ...It is likely that before long the social elites of most of the more advanced countries will be highly internationalist or globalist in spirit and outlook ... The nation-state is gradually yielding its sovereignty... Further progress will require greater American sacrifices. More intensive efforts to shape a new world monetary structure will have to be undertaken, with some consequent risk to the present relatively favorable American position.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brown on February 10, 2013
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Brzezinski accurately predicted 21st century events in this book published in 1970. Shocking to think that he influenced the policies of both Carter and Obama which has led to our totalitarian US government here in the 21st century.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hinson on March 10, 2011
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It is almost unbelieveable that this was written I believe in 1969.
Brzenzinski had to be instrumental in telling of the future and making it happen.
He has to be one of the puppet masters of this world.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas K. Carberry on October 17, 2013
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ZB did get a lot of things right, but he explains it from the view of the sociopaths that control modern society, not from the viewpoint of the vast majority of people who suffer immensely under this cruel technocratic system and will continue to suffer. Inequality rules and the very rich have no feelings at all for the rest of humanity. The very rich have claimed the right to assassinate the poor with Obama's "targeted assassination" program. The very rich, through their militaries in the US and its allies, have gone to war against the poor around the world for many decades, slaughtering by the millions. Read this book with Pinker's Better Angels and you can feel good about living in a society where a few rule and the majority take orders. Of course you have to ignore the starving masses and the millions slaughtered in Africa for corporate profits.

Every day power concentrates into fewer hands, while poverty increases. Virtually all gains in poverty over the last decade have occurred in China. India has an epidemic of suicides among poor farmers. Poverty has increased greatly in the US and will continue to increase. Disaster capitalism has taken over, aided by high tech control.

People should read this book to understand that a handful of people like ZB, but more importantly his masters, want to control everything and have done a great job fulfilling their desires. Read this book in conjunction with other authors like Blum, Engdahl, Tarpley, Mills, and many others writing from the other viewpoint to decide what world you would prefer.
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