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The Millennium Bug : How to Survive the Coming Chaos Hardcover – May 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Ex-library edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895263734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895263735
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,638,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This account outlines an ominous view of how computer systems will be able to deal with the year 2000 problem. Power grids go dark, 911 call centers descend into chaos, Visa cards die, and the industrialized world is reduced to hunting and gathering in Hyatt's millennium nightmare.

With lots of quotes popping out from the pages and plenty of bulleted lists, The Millennium Bug is written in typical manager-book style. It's heavy with case studies, news items, and endnote references to the author's sources. Hyatt's purpose is to alert technology decision-makers to a plausible worst-case Y2K scenario and to motivate them to do something about it. The author presents a range of possible developments, from mere annoyance with consumer services to widespread starvation as a result of infrastructure breakdown. Hyatt also foresees a plague of lawsuits filed by shareholders, the families of deceased patients, and swarms of other people harmed by Y2K failures.

Hyatt's advice: move to a small town with a volunteer fire department, stockpile food, secure access to a reliable source of fresh water, and buy a gun and ammunition for fending off looters. The winter of 1999-2000 will be a hard one, Hyatt predicts, and the crisis may last a long time indeed--have reading material on hand. --David Wall

From the Inside Flap

The Y2K bomb is ticking.  Here's the survival guide you can't afford to be without.

Today computers are involved in every part of our lives, from electrical power, to banks, to emergency medical service. But none of us has ever experienced the kind of worldwide computer crash that will result on account of the Millennium Bug. When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2000, computer systems all over the world will fail--and, as author Michael Hyatt shows, the results could be disastrous.

You could lose electricity--not just for a couple of hours or days, but for weeks, months, or even years.
Phones could stop working, making it impossible to contact 911 or the police.
Military defense systems could crumble.
Banks around the world could fail, leaving you unable to access funds and eventually spawning a global depression.

Packed with up-to-the-minute information on the problem and practical suggestions to ensure survival, The Millennium Bug provides an easy-to-understand plan for securing important documents, stockpiling food and household goods, creating new forms of currency, and more. As Hyatt shows, we can protect ourselves--but time is running short, and we need to start now. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Michael Hyatt is a full-time blogger, author, and speaker. He is the former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S.

Hyatt has spent his career in the book industry. As a publisher, former literary agent, New York Times bestselling author, and popular blogger, he has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing world of content creation and delivery.

In his 30 year career, Hyatt has worked in nearly every facet of book publishing, including serving as the CEO of Thomas Nelson for six years. He is also the former Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

His blog, MichaelHyatt.com, is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs with more than 300,000 unique visitors a month. He also has more than 120,000 followers on Twitter.

Hyatt has been married to his wife, Gail, for more than thirty years. They have five daughters and seven grandchildren. They live just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Rodriguez on January 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I certainly feel like a jack a**. I was a sheep like the rest of the country losing sleep over the Y2K situation. I bought the book after hearing the author on The Kevin and Bean show, read it, and became more fearful of what might happen. The author capitolized on fear and won. He got my money. I would not purchase a book from this author again. Looks like my book will be a good firestater.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In a way, it's worth reading, if only as an example of a really horrendous prediction.
Y2K came and went, nothing much happened, and our infrastructure didn't get fouled up any more than usual.
Which is what a lot of us predicted all along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that likes to seed "Fear Uncertainty and Doubt". The author is not a computer specialist, programmer, scientist or information management expert. His knowledge of the industry is at best questionable. Read his bio and see for yourself. He is involved in Y2K consulting. He does profit from other's fear of the Y2K. Spend your time and money elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
NOT!
This book was full of half-truths, outdated information (even when first published) and scare tactics. He obviously tried to use the uncertainty of y2k for his own financial gain. Do yourself a favor and avoid books by the doom & gloom camp. They'll be back with another catastrophe (e.g. asteroid, aliens, disease, etc.) pushing their books again. Don't bite their bait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book paints a doom & gloom picture of the future and capitalizes on the fear of the unknown. The real message of events that run counter to this book is that our infrastructure is stronger than anyone predicted and there is a reason to be optimistic about the future!
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Format: Hardcover
I was a skeptic when I started THE MILLENNIUM BUG, but I became thoroughly convinced by the time I had finished. The book provides a thorough overview of what the year 2000 computer problem is and why it will likely not be fixed in time. Mr. Hyatt's arguments are compelling and well documented. Amazingly, he also writes in plain English -- rather than "geekeeze" -- using a mixture of facts, logic, metaphor, and anecdote. It is highly readable. I read it through in two sittings.
One of the most helpful -- and frightening -- sections in the book is Hyatt's discussion of three possible scenarios resulting from the fallout of Y2K. Although the author does not claim to be a prophet, he does provide valuable insight into exactly how the world as know it what might be affected January 1, 2000. This is scary and sobering stuff -- a real "wake-up call" to me personally.
Fortunately, the book doesn't just paint a dark picture and leave you hanging. While consumers have very little influence over whether or not the federal government or private industry gets its computers repaired in time, that does not mean we have to become victims. We can be proactive and begin putting together a personal contingency plan now, while there is still time. To that end, Hyatt discusses thirteen things we can do to prepare for the crisis and mitigate the impact to us as individuals and to our families and loved ones.
This is an extremely helpful and important book, one that you will definitely want to pass along to your friends.
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Format: Hardcover
Hyatt spends most of the book painting a picture of what can and probably will happen. The problem with dealing with specifics of what is happening in a given industry or company, is that things change so fast. For this reason, I kept feeling that I was reading "dated" statistics and supporting material. My guess is that most of the writing took place at least a year ago, since I saw no references to data released in 1998. This is the nature of the beast in a traditional a hard copy book dealing with material that is so date sensitive.
Excellent sources are quoted such as: De Jager, Yardeni, The GartnerGroup, Steven Horn, IDC, etc., but all of these have since changed the predictions and tone of what they are saying since "The Millenium Bug" was published. I was impressed at the level of research and backing for his claims, but I have more confidence in recent offerings such as De Jager's "Countdown Y2K" (more of a business approach) and Yardeni's "Year 2000 Recession" (Looks at economic impact). Yardeni's book is on the Web, which allows for ongoing updates.
That said, Hyatt's views of three major possible outcomes is excellent. Even better is the epilogue, which examines the problem from a point of view which cannot be ignored or discounted. The epilogue is "the" message in my view. You won't get this perspective from the other Y2K "gurus ". Read it and find out what I'm talking about.
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Format: Hardcover
The "Millenium Bug" tells how we got ourselves into this mess, how this administration, utilities and industry (in fact, everyone!)are botching the job of fixing it, what the probable/possible impacts are, and how to try to cope with those impacts. It paints a pretty dark picture, but reality can get that way.
It is really difficult to judge whether or not the forecast chaos is inevitable, but it is always wise to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The recommended preparations appear to be a good start, but are by no means comprehensive. The book recommends websites for more info.
What disturbs me is that at the rear of the book, there is a form for acquiring a 'Y2K survival kit' for a certain fee, and the book contains a recommendation for buying junk coin silver from a particular supplier. Whether or not there is a cut for the author in all this is not stated. All of which raises the possibility that the book may be alarmist and written solely to benefit the author. However, it seems more likely to me that the attempt here is to do well while doing good.
Despite that concern, the millenium bug is very real and will definitely have a significant impact on all of us. Again, it is wise to prepare for the worst and this book appears to provide useful information in that effort. I intend to send copies to family members.
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