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War and Anti-War: Making Sense of Today's Global Chaos Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446602590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446602594
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ron Dwyer on May 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have a certain measure of skepticism concerning the genre that has been called "futurist" or "future studies" because, as is well known, many of the predictions of futurists have been dead wrong.
But some futurists are better than others; and it is emminetly rational to try to understand where we are headed and plan for it.
The sub-title of this book is : Survival At The Dawn of the 21st Century. Considering that the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 has launched, in a certain sense, the 21st Century, it seems to be an appropriate time to evalute a book by a prominent futurist, written in the early 90s, on war and peace in the 21st Century.
This book is rooted in the Tofflerian concepts of the "First Wave," "Second Wave," and the "Third Wave." The First Wave Civilzation is agrarian. The Second Wave Civilization is industrial; the Third Wave civilization in informational. War and peace should be understood in the context of the Third Wave.
Predictions: Nation-states will no longer have the sole monopoly on force. New, sophisticated techonolgy will be used. The threat of bio-terrorism. Information will be very important, both in war, and in preventing war. The use of psychological methods in war. Countries should, and will, share knowledge and expertise.
Reality: In Afghanistan, the United States attacked Taliban and Al-Qaida bases (Al-Qaida, an international terrorist organization). Satellites and precision bombing were used. There is a fear of a biological counter attack in the United States. There is now an effort to strenghthen our security and intelligence agencies in order to prevent further attack. In the war in Afghanistan, not only bombs were dropped, but also food for the civilians and propaganda pamphelts.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Thomson on October 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One does not need to adhere to the theological claims of Judeo-Christianity to concede that wars, and the rumors of wars, will likely persist until the end of time. The at least metaphorical reality of Original Sin is alive and well on planet earth. Alvin and Heidi Toffler have much to offer. They, however, seem uncomfortable discussing the innate tendency of human beings to commit evil acts. An earlier reviewer referred to the subtle quasi Marxism materialism that seems to pervade their writings. I think this criticism of the Tofflers is fair. I strongly believe, for instance, that the wars of the 21st Century will rarely be about hunger and dire poverty. Unfortunately, technological advancements and the increasing affluence of many parts of the world are not solely sufficient in addressing the existential angst of the human condition. The male gender in particular appears to gravitate towards life threatening situations. The themes of purification through violence resonate deep within the breasts of men. There is something to be said concerning the Chinese curse: "May you live in exciting times." I interpret the "End of History" thesis as the contention that we could be entering into a more harmonious and safer era. Will this milieu, though, be found too bland and boring for the male of our species? The reader may find of further interest my Amazon community review of the movie "Fight Club" wherein I delve a bit further into this disquieting topic.
"War and Anti-War" was originally written in 1993. The Tofflers book has endured the test of time. The Tofflers correctly predicted the ability of today's Third Wave satellite technology to monitor questionable activities throughout the world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 22, 2000
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Alvin & Heidi Toffler have always written and spoken as a team, but this is the first book where Heidi has been included. Future Shock and PowerShift remain their two most important works, this one comes in third. They start off with a compelling reason for buying the book, a quote from Trotsky: "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Today, right now, there are 26 conflicts going on around the world killing more than 1000 people a year; 78 "low intensity" conflicts killing more than 100 but less than 1000 people a year; and 178 violent political conflicts causing fewer than 100 deaths per year--source is the PIOOM project in The Netherlands. There are also 16 genocidal campaigns ongoing as we speak, and another 18 emerging--from Rwanda and Burundi to Sri Lanka to East Timor to obscure sections of China and Russia. This is a serious book by serious researchers who had the good fortune to be prescient and to become world-renowned futurists. The book is strongest on Third Wave wars and niche wars, does a very creditable job of covering a wide range of unconventional forms of conflict, and ends, somewhat disappointingly, with a useful but less than gripping discussion of "peace forms". Fun to read, including the chapter on "The Future of the Spy."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 31, 2005
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Over the years I have read several of Toffler's excellent books.He has a marvelous talent to put logical thinking to work and reveal what is really happening right before our eyes;and most of all,explain it.It seems that it is a case of that old adage "can't see the woods for the trees."Any reader of Toffler is well aware of the First,Second and Third waves;and what he does in this book is to show how war is affected by the Third wave principles of change. As one reads this book,the reader should keep in mind that it was published in 1993- that's 13 years ago,and much of the thoughts and research probably took place sometime before that.It is a credit to Toffler's skill to read the book now and to see how dead on the mark he is.
The big thing that comes out in this book is that the whole world has not gone through these three waves;in fact some countries have barely entered into the first wave.All countries must try to get along regardless which wave they are in.Also some countries are operating in the first wave in some things,others in the second wave and even in the third wave in others.This is summed up in what Toffler describes as "A World Trisected."
When war is involved ,it is a matter of life and death,and if one does not adapt they will end up on the scrapheap of history.
This book opens ones eyes to so many things that are going on today.It is little wonder that the United Nations,which was formed during the second wave and continues to operate that way;that it has essentially been useless in dealing with terrorism around the world.One should also keep in mind that our governments and political systems along with our legal,criminal and justice systems were also developed for the second wave and continue to dwell there.
"You may not be interested in war,but war is interested in you."
-Trotsky
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