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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684826364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684826363
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The United States's role as the number one superpower could be undermined by the global impact of America's own values, warns Brzezinski. A "permissive cornucopia" is his term for the advanced Western nations, and the U.S. in particular, where spiritual emptiness, addiction to television and superfluous consumption preoccupy a society given over to self-gratification without moral restraints. The former National Security Council director opens this blistering jeremiad with a trenchant analysis of the political mythologies that Hitler, Lenin and Stalin used to wield total control. If America is to reassert its moral legitimacy, he argues, it must address its basic dilemmas, including deepening poverty, inadequate health care and education, a greedy wealthy class opposed to progressive taxation, and the mass media's promotion of sex and violence. In the new world of rival global power clusters, Brzezinski urges a greater role for the United Nations and "redistribution of responsibilities" within the trilateral nexus of Europe, America and East Asia. First serial to World Monitor.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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President Carter's former national security adviser has produced his fourth book in ten years. The last one, The Grand Failure ( LJ 4/15/89), chronicled the decline of communism. This time, Brzezinski joins other recent writers like George F. Kennan ( Around the Craggy Hill, LJ 1/93) and Paul Kennedy ( Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, LJ 3/1/93) in describing the possible dark future facing the United States and the rest of the world. Unlike Kennedy, Brzezinski does not clutter his text with footnotes and references but simply tells it as he sees it in an extended thought-piece. Characterizing the present century as one of megadeath and organized insanity with the complete failure of totalitarian utopias, Brzezinski argues that only through a fundamental realignment of humankind's ethical and moral behavior will we survive into the next century. He sees a trilateral political and economic alliance among North America, Europe, and East Asia developing over the next few years and predicts an enhanced role for the United Nations. As a thinker and writer on world affairs for over 30 years, Brzezinski is worth considering. Recommended for larger collections.
- Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. , Ames, Ia.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Radostina Stefanova on December 4, 2001
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Although I have never been anything of a Brzezinski-admirer, I cannot help expressing my deep respect of this piece. "Out of Control" is a thoughtful and greatly written analysis of the current state of global politics, drawing on numerous past examples to make the ultimate point that the world is going out of control due to a multitude of reasons, and unless urgent measures are taken to prevent such developments, the most dismal misgivings of mankind may come true. If you don't feel intimidated by Brzezinki's language and style at the very beginning of the book, you'll probably enjoy it quite a lot.
Brzezisnki starts with a ghastly overview of the world's (read Europe's) 20th century, figuratively depicting it as the century of "megadeaths and metamyths." He occasionally breaks his typical dry academic style to make a number of strong emotional points, which in a way distinguishes "Out of Control" from anything else I have read by him. Nazism and Communism, Hitler and Stalin, are depicted as monstrous as one may expect them to be, and by doing so Mr. Brzezinski prepares the ground for his further claims that humanity is at peril.
As one can rightfully expect him to do, Zbigniew Brezinski does not fail to discuss widely America and its role in current international politics. But this time he not only points out America's supremacy, but also pinpoints a number of fundamental drawbacks and faults of American cultural and social life, the grass-root debasement of principles and values, as well as certain economic weaknesses which might ulimately take global leadership out of US hands.
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52 of 79 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 2, 2002
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To understand this book, its contents, or its significance, one must first understand its author. This is not always important, but in this case, it is essential. Zbigniew Brezinski, or Zbig for short, is the former National Security Advisor for the U.S. government, a Council on Foreign Relations member and former co-director, the co-founder with David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission, and probably the leading intellectual of the reigning political and economic power elite, to use a phrase coined by sociologist C. Wright Mills. In other words, he is the voice of the reigning powers, to a very large degree.
In that sense, his books are well worth reading - but not for the reason of wanting to take his advice, but for seeing what the power elite are up to. He stated his goals and values very clearly in an earlier book, Between Two Worlds: America's Role in the Technotronic Era, when he unequivocally stated that it would soon become possible to maintain continuous surveillance on virtually every person on the planet, and that this would support the overall goal of eliminating national sovereignties and democracies, under the leadership of an international elite-ruled global governance. He is, in short, a closet fascist. He wants, and advocates, an Orwellian society of technological surveillance under an elite-run global feudalism. I'm sure he would choose more pleasant euphemisms for global totalitarian dominance by a few wealthy bankers, financiers and intellectuals, but I will call it what it is: fascism. Read his books. But don't forget the infantile grandiosity, the supreme hubris, and the Orwellian dreams of technological global totalitarianism that is the motive behind them. His books and his own words will make that clear, if anyone is willing to wade through them.
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Remarkably prescient, the author, in a very scholarly analysis, walks us through the last 3 centuries of political history, and points out the likely course of world events in the 21st century. Written over two decades ago, it reads like a current analysis of world events, including the recent rise of Russian nationalism, and the turmoil in the Muslim world. An excellent resource for anyone seeking to understand the broad spectrum of recent historical events.
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Been meaning to read Zbigniew Brzezinski for years and should have read it soon. As security advisor for US for 3 presidents this guys has phenomenal insignt advice analysis on how the US could steer its future. Unfortunately it seems the US powers at hand have used his advice for their own benefit as opposed to the people of their country and the world.
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By mario udewald on July 9, 2013
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Deep analysis of contemporary developments with links to the past.
Large view for the future and the best of what i wrote in the last years with regard
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