From Publishers Weekly
was first published nearly a quarter-century ago, Naisbitt was hailed as a cutting-edge futurist. Today, however, he's more like your crotchety grandpa, complaining about how he can't get through the voice-mail system to talk to a real person. Naisbitt's latest book reads like a manuscript that's been stuck in a drawer since 1985, as his insights into the future—corporations are becoming more powerful than nation states, video games are an art form—are embarrassingly behind the times. Although he touts 11 principles to help readers cultivate forward-looking thinking, these turn out to be banal guidelines like "focus on the score of the game" and "don't add unless you subtract." Tangential rants about hysterical environmentalists and free market capitalism as the only way to organize modern society reveal a creeping conservative mindset, but even here Naisbitt is bringing up the rear, touting Friedrich Hayek long after everyone else has moved on to Leo Strauss. In his eighth predictive tract, the author coasts on his reputation. (Oct.)
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Naisbitt, prescient "futurist" and best-selling author of Megatrends
(1982) and Megatrends 2000
(1990), reveals the process behind his ability to anticipate global trends. Naisbitt broke away from his small-town Mormon roots to become a top executive at IBM and Eastman Kodak and was an assistant to both presidents Kennedy and Johnson before becoming a global philosopher, studying trends by monitoring hundreds of daily local newspapers. In part 1, his 11 mind-sets reveal ways to approach the processing of information without the constraints imposed on us by preconceived ideas and popular culture. Mindset Four, "Understanding how powerful it is not to have to be right," is a prime example of how stubborn thinking, particularly in the fields of politics and medicine, puts huge constraints on the abilities of leaders to solve problems. In part 2, Naisbitt smashes many of the preconceptions we have about globalization and our perception of change. David SiegfriedCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved