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Grunch of Giants Hardcover – 1983


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 98 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312351933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312351939
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buckminster Fuller has had a profound influence on our modern society as the godfather of environmental and ecological awareness and practice. A philosopher, inventor, and one of the boldest innovators of the 20th century, he is known as the designer of the Dymaxion House, Car, and Map, the Geodesic Dome, and the World Game. As a mathematician he is recognized as the discoverer of Synergetics, and it was he who coined the term Spaceship Earth. He is the author of over two dozen books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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His books are an experience that have to be read.
Barbara L. Cano
And the potential to improve our collective lot aboard Spaceship Earth is still real.
K. T Urner
Fuller had a very unique style of writing which you will also witness in this quote.
T. Greenbaum

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93 of 102 people found the following review helpful By K. T Urner on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
People got impatient with Fuller because he kept throwing out a timeline which went something like this: if we work like crazy for the next 10 years, we might solve some of the major problems we've always put up with, e.g. death by starvation to take a big one.

Then another decade goes by, and a lot more people starve, and people shake their heads thinking "Bucky, Bucky... he just didn't have a clue, did he?" Well, I say he most certainly did. Not his problem or fault that we never staged his "design science decade" with such concerted effort and focus. And the potential to improve our collective lot aboard Spaceship Earth is still real.

What's fun about 'Grunch of Giants' is it marks the end of a long trajectory, where the 'real Bucky' finally hits the water, after the decades-long arc of a canon ball. He makes a big splash, and sets up a lot of ripple effects, many of which we're feeling to this day.

The main thing is he reawakens threads around the issue of corporate personhood, questioning how LLCs got to be "persons" in the eyes of the law. Decades later, Thom Hartmann starts to uncover some answers in 'Unequal Protection' which deserves to show up as a kind of sequel to 'GofG' on many levels.

Countering a soulless march to oblivion, an automatic pilot response to a desperate situation, were heroics, integrity, and the more agile networks. Readers may spontaneously think of the Internet (still in its infancy when this book came out -- no web to speak of), but I also think of networks like CBS, a corporation to be sure, but with a lot of life in it (not soulless).

Bucky was aware of his image through the years, how people saw him.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. Llanos on February 25, 2009
Format: Perfect Paperback
This book is definitely vital for understanding the history and growth of the world as we know it... it raises many questions and makes you really think about what you are doing and whether it is for better or for worse of our earth. Intense read and needs to be read more than once because there is just so much to learn.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you've never read Buckminster Fuller's writings, you've missed out on one of the most remarkable minds of the 20th century. Yes, he invented the geodesic dome and laid out the principles for some kinds of tensile structures. He was also a tireless inventor. He did not necessarily create something fundamentally new each time, but always sought out more value for the dollar and pound of resources, and always measured that value in quality of human life. Except for the dome, his developments are often paraded and quixotic oddities, stripped of Fuller's real intent. This brief book lays out his philosophy for human welfare in terms of national and trans-national economics.

His thinking is clear and gentle - human happiness always comes first. It comes across in a whirwind of ideas, racing across the page faster than words can keep up. It's not rare to see a sentence start with economics and finish with stellar thermodynamics. You'll also sentences wildly stretched to hold just one of his ideas in complete form. Two consecutive sentences stretch from page 8 to 12! Even English words are too small to hold the atoms his ideas, so he creates the most startling hypenated word-collages. For example, in discussing how tools grew out of and extend the body, he writes:

"Nests and eggs are indeed tools, as is the womb -

an only-once-in-a-while, carried-within-mammalian,

new-life-production tool."

Social criticism, economics based in the physical world, tempered technological optimism, and a wonderful heart - they're all here, wrapped in a unique package of words. Whether or not you agree with his "economics of wealth", as opposed to "economics of scarcity," it's a remarkable view of human society.

//wiredweird
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Greenbaum on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
The following quote from the book speaks volumes about Fuller's remarkable insight into what ails the world today. Read the quote and decide for yourself if the book has anything to offer in regard to understanding how we find ourselves in financial crisis. Fuller had a very unique style of writing which you will also witness in this quote. It may take a couple or more readings to fully understand this paragraph, but if you can appreciate his message, then you will find the book very insightful. Personally, I believe it to be a handbook for moving the world out of this financial crisis and towards a new era of prosperity.

"Never before in all history have the inequities and the momentums of unthinking money-power been more glaringly evident to so vastly large a number of now literate, competent, and constructively thinking all-around-the-world humans. There's a soon-to-occur critical-mass moment when the intuition of the responsibly inspired majority of humanity, in contradistinction to the angered Luddites and avenging Robin Hoods, faced with comprehensive functional discontinuity of nationally contained techno-economic system, will call for and accomplish a world-around reorientation of our planetary affairs. At this critical moment will occur a realization by the responsibly inspired majority that the adequate capacity of the invisible technology to sustainingly support all humanity depends on all the resources, physical and metaphysical, being always and only employed for all of world-around humanity as a completely integrated techno-economic system operating entirely on its daily income principally of Sun-emanating energy."
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