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- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2014
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
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"A thought jabbing, terrifying book." -- -- Chicago Tribune
"Brilliantly written.... Should appeal to readers of all breeds." -- -- Kirkus Review
"It is a frightening experience.... to discover how much of his satirical prediction of a distant future became reality in so short a time." -- New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future. Here, in one of the most important and fascinating books of his career, Aldous Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy. He scrutinizes threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. Brave New World Revisited is a trenchant plea that humankind should educate itself for freedom before it is too late.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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There are many interesting concepts here, but the author is acting more as an investigative journalist, often citing the works of other. In addition, although many of his sources are dated and incomplete, his observations and conclusions are generally accurate and still relevant.
Huxley's chapters cover different topics, but must be read in order because later chapters often reply on materials discussed earlier.
The book is not too long, but because of the depth of issues reviewed, I recommend reading chapters completely before taking a break or reading further.
Good to read after finishing the original novel.
Huxley is uniquely qualified to engage in such an exploration, largely due to his stature given the fateful ways in which so many aspects of his prognostications about the direction of future society have been substantiated and actualized before our very eyes, including, among other things, the development of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power. So too, as we approach ever greater integration of national economies into something gradually approaching a single global one, his fears regarding the likelihood of the rise of `fascism with a friendly face' seems much more to the mark than did all the fears of the Orwellian `1984' type totalitarian government. Yet he also is known and respected for having been, like Edmund Wilson was here in the United States in the same time frame, as an eminent man of letters, a man capable of successfully straddling the various academic fields with a vision so powerful and so true to the facts as to allow him immense credibility and latitude.
Here he one again provides us with a fascinating, provocative, and, in retrospect, remarkably accurate of what would come to transpire in the years of the 20th century. As even Huxley himself admits, much of what has already come into existence did so much more rapidly and much more widely than he originally imagined it might. His accomplishment in this superb book is to survey the prospects for what increasingly now, in the first years of the 21st century, is now an uncomfortably accurate set of predictions of not only how we live, but under what particular set of social, economic, and political circumstances. Reading this book, in combination with several of his other texts, such as the wonderful "Doors OF Perception", helps immeasurably to liberate one from the kind of propaganda-influenced and politically correct sets of personal perceptions so many of us view the world through. This is indeed a seminal book, one that any serious student of the human condition and who lives in the so-called advanced social democracies of the western world must read to comprehend the nature of the environment he or she exists within. Enjoy!
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I would take it with me on a desert island quite happily
It is very well wtritten end very inbteresting.