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Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time Hardcover – January, 1966

ISBN-13: 978-0026001304 ISBN-10: 0026001306 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1348 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company; 1st edition (January 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026001306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026001304
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,058,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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347 of 373 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The late Dr. Carroll Quigley, professor was a professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University. He was, as his book reflects, brilliant, egotistical and opinionated. He also was a confirmed socialist who believed the world could be a better place if the educated elite ruled.
Former President Clinton said in 1992: "...As a student at Georgetown, I heard that call clarified by a professor named Carroll Quigley, who said to us that America was the greatest country in the history of the world because our people have always believed in two things: that tomorrow can be better than today and that every one of us has a personal, moral responsibility to make it so."
Unfortunately, Dr. Quigley revealed the game plan of the elite when the elite (a shy group by nature and not at all given to republican government) didn't want it publicized. Far from wanting to hide this "network" (as he called it), Quigley was proud of it.
"I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies...but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known."
Thus, unfortunately, Tragedy and Hope was pulled from bookshelves nationwide and recalled faster than an exploding Easter Bunny, never to be published again, except for a highly abbreviated edition.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Winkler on January 19, 2014
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When I pay for an ebook, I expect somebody to have expended just a little effort on quality control. This edition has gone straight from the scanner to Kindle. As a consequence, the numerous tables never render intelligibly, and there are numerous ridiculous OCR errors. If you can get a paper copy of this book, I highly recommend you do so. The content -- the little I've been able to make out -- is an important piece of history writing from a unique perspective. It's far broader in scope than the few sensational quotations many writers quote. Those parts are almost the least interesting.

I wish Amazon would review this ebook, and issue an updated version to all purchasers. This version is a disgrace.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark T on February 20, 2010
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There are several reasons to gain knowledge of this book. The model of historical evolution presented (also contained in Quigley's "Evolution of Civilizations") is one of the hidden ropes that shapes how graduate school programs in the social sciences are conducted. If you ever wondered why it seems like everybody with an advanced degree from one of the big-name universities appears to have been brainwashed by some cult of "globalization", learn about Quigley's model, as it in some form (though not always attributed to him by name) is presented as one of the unquestioned truths at the elite graduate schools.
It is impossible to comprehend the underlying forces in American politics since the 1970's unless you understand Quigley and the reaction to him. Gary Allen's "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" and Cleon Skousen's "The Naked Capitalist" used Quigley to devastating effect (they are able to point out a series of monumentally important facts that were and still are largely suppressed by the academic establishment). This knowledge profoundly energized Ronald Reagan's political base in the 70's, with the fervent hope that he would clean the Council on Foreign Relations operatives out of the government. This certainly did not occur, but nonetheless, the influence of anti-CFR activists was felt in the Reagan era, perhaps most notably in the work of William Clark at the State Department and as National Security Advisor. In light of the way the Bushes and Clintons proceeded to fumble away Reagan's Cold War victory--let's face it, our sovereignty is toast--perhaps Quigley's role in all of this might be seen as kind of an historical artifact, but nonetheless his influence should be appreciated by all who seek historical comprehension.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul M on August 29, 2014
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Massive book with massive information. You won't be able to sit in a classroom with Dr. Quigley, but this book was written with the flow of a conversation and is easy to read. Upon completion, you will know more than most world citizens. This edition is true to the original and is 100% complete. I have an old used edition of 1966, it matches to the letter. I like this one more, it's higher quality.
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