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Desperate Games Hardcover – 1973

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Pierre Boulle (1912–1994) was a French novelist best known The Bridge over the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes. David Carter is the author of Brief Lives: Honoré de Balzac, Brief Lives: Marquis de Sade and Brief Lives: Sigmund Freud. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814907318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814907313
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,529,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very interesting idea. Highly recommend for people who enjoy philosophy.
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Pierre Boulle noted author of books like "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Planet of the Apes" passed away in 1994. Among his other works is a dystopian science fiction novel of a world controlled by pure scientists retranslated and published again. Boulle postulates scientists from all over the world getting together and deciding that all the problems that exist on earth are due to leaders who do not understand what they are doing. That they are men and women with no grounding in science and lack the perspective of what people really need. The physical scientists propose that they take over all governments on earth and have the current leaders step down and just enjoy life without the stress of governing. Said and done, the scientists quickly choose a president by a method of formal testing, along with advisers and other officers. All governments are disbanded and countries are consolidated into a world wide organization.
The scientists begin working on eradicating the pressures of disease, strife and conflict quickly allowing all mankind to work less and have more. The required workday is cut to about 2 hours with plenty of time for recreation and rest. The new leaders, the physical scientists, believe that they have achieved the optimum conditions for all the planet's inhabitants and everyone is happy with the new status quo.
In a short time it is noted that the rate of suicides has gone up and it is quickly determined that these are due to the lack of challenges for the people. The scientists decide that they will provide games to entertain similar to those held in the ancient world. Namely fights to the death between trained individuals. This works for a short time until the rate of suicides again climbs.
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