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1.0 out of 5 stars the worst a book could ever be, October 22, 2011
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I have found books normally have some value, even the bad ones. I have always kept every book I have bought in a bookshelf somewhere at home ... except this one. I felt so embarrassed to have this book in sight that I had to put in in the garbage bin.

When I bought this book I was always expecting controversy. One cannot predict the future, but I was hoping so see some reasoning presented, in the hope of making me think about the issues. Unfortunately, this author just fills his pages with a torrent of sweeping statement about what "WILL" be .. without any discussion about his thinking behind it.

I could have forgiven it if the statements, even without justification, had some merit. Not so! Everything this author states is almost laughable (some I can see happening ... but that's my view formulated from other observations, and certainly not because of Attali's writing).

In reading other reviews of this book, I was captivated by the allure that the author spends a good deal of time looking at our past. Unbelievably, Attali commits the same crime with the past as he does with the future. It is full of sweeping statements about what "DID" happen ... how he could describe with such resolve what happened in pre-historic times is beyond belief. I knew I was reading rubbish early on when he becomes fixated with "cannibalism", focusing on it on four different age spans.

This book represents everything that is bad in writing. The cover also has a blatant lie written on it ... Henry Kissinger states that it is "brilliant". Lies by politicians and a con-job by the author, also a politician. I am now convinced the positive reviews on this site are disingenuous remarks made by the connections, and should be disregarded by reviewers thinking about buying this trash.
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2012 12:59:05 PM PST
I totally agree with your review! What a waste of time and publisher and paper!

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 5:21:37 AM PDT
Ms John says:
Attali along with all the other globalists do talk rubbish, but they are still dangerous. Their ideas come from a psychopathic mindset. What you read in their writings is a blueprint and a revelation of the method. Yes, they are insane, but they mean every word. The rest of the world suffers because of ignorance and the power given to these psychopaths.

What Attali has described in this book, certain things have come to pass. I recommend that people buy this book only to see what a psychopathic globalist has in mind for the rest of humanity.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 5:59:47 PM PDT
Surrounded says:
Endorsed by Henry Kissinger, the author presents Mother Teresa as the pinnacle of humanity.

Has Kim Jong Un written a book? If he has, it's probably more accurate and insightful, not to mention more decent and reasonable than this one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2013 2:27:39 AM PDT
jjolla says:
I understand your logic, but i disagree on two of your assumptions/points:

(1) you imply the author means every word ... I have a suspicion this author as just slapped a bunch of "predictions" on paper, not caring one bit whether he believes them or not. There will be enough people buying the book ... and by the time we can review how accurate it all was, it will be too far in the past to matter to him anyway. Even if he has made these predictions with a lot of care of thought behind them .. the problem with the book is that he has not presented his thinking. It is probably because there was no substantial analysis in the first place.

(2) you mention that some of his predictions have come to pass. Anybody can make hundreds of predictions out of thin air ... and statistically we know some will come true. But so what?

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2013 5:30:49 AM PDT
Surrounded says:
Good point. You can't go wrong with a book of "predictions," for the reasons you mentioned. Even Sylvia Browne gets one right occasionally.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 9:35:42 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2014 9:46:01 AM PST
Good review; I had the same thoughts, but, I also have to side with Ms John whole-heartedly. "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Atalli is so certain and arrogant in his beliefs. I've been reading a lot about truth, lies, and sin recently and one of principles given for separating truth from lies was the arrogance of the writer. I wish I remember who said it, Socrates, Augustine, or other? But, the point was, since truth is so elusive, beware of any person who speaks boldly because they are the one most likely to be false.

Rom. 1:18: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" Rom. 2:8: "but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-- indignation and wrath"

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make believe.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up (1938).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2014 11:08:05 AM PST
Surrounded says:
"What is truth?" - Pilate, John 18:38. According to Nietzsche, the most reasonable words in the Bible.
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