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Look out world! Dostoyevski's on the loose. Wow! What a tour de force! Everybody gets their proper come - uppance. There's no escape. --letter from author James Neely

About the Author

Barry Minkin, futurist, global management consultant, author and professional speaker has been featured on Larry King Live, Tech-Nation, Smart Money, Money Talk, Everybody's Business, The Paula Poundstone Show and The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune and United Airlines Hemisphere. The economic newsletter Critical Factors proclaimed "Barry Minkin is very much in the running for guru of the decade." With over 25 years as a global management consultant, including 10 years with Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), Minkin has consulted with scores of Fortune 500 and growth companies across most industry sectors, as well as government and various trade associations. His insights into the company specific factors that determine success in the real world have allowed him to accurately develop market forecasts and strategies for his clients. As his global reputation for accurate forecasting grew, he was asked to publish his forecasts in the Corporate Times in Silicon Valley. Minkin s regular monthly column contained dozens of specific predictions. Barry was Professor of: Advanced Marketing and Industry Strategy, Executive MBA Program, St. Mary s College, a Lecturer in Strategic Planning, University of California at Berkeley, and Marketing Professor at Canada College. He holds an MBA degree from the Bernard Baruch School of the City University of New York. He has received numerous awards, including the American Society for Training and Development Achievement Award, and a Presidential Citation for Innovative Employment Strategies. He is a popular a very popular and sought after keynote speaker for organizations worldwide. His book Future In Sight - 100 Trends, Implications & Predictions That Will Most Impact Business Into The 21st Century (Simon and Schuster) provides an amazing record of hundreds of his accurate predictions. The book received critical acclaim and sold very well globally. Econoquake: How to survive and prosper in the coming global depression (Simon & Schuster) presented the fault lines in the economy that made an economic downturn inevitable. Minkin s book Ten Great Lies Threaten Western Civilization (In-Sight Press) is expected to be a best seller and his latest work 2020 Future Vision will be published in 2008. . To request information regarding speaking, book signings, media interviews and available consulting services, write or call: Minkin Affiliates 1840 Schooldale Drive San Jose, CA 95124 Web site minkinaffiliates.com barryminkin@earthlink.net 408-265-1800

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Minkin Affiliates (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979290406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979290404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,684,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fine book by a genuine futurist, albeit written in a polemical style that may be a little tough for some folks to take.

There are several areas in which Minkin points out that we could do much better if we want people in general (let alone ourselves and our inheritors) to prosper in the future.

That means conserving resources rather than squandering them. Facts are a resource. People are a resource. Informed people are a resource.

Does diversity benefit the United States? In the past, it has. And we still attract some of the best and brightest from other nations. But diversity is not always a benefit, and Minkin points this out.

Minkin argues against discrimination by color, in either direction. By the way, my own idea about affirmative action is simple: given that grade schools and high schools are mandatory, apply most of one's affirmative action ideas there! After that, it is less effective and it threatens to brand minority students as less qualified.

The Left has a noble duty of trying to speak out in favor of all people, rather than just the majority, or even just our own country. And that's a good idea. But that means it can fall into the trap of supporting ideas that are not merely okay for us and great for the rest of the world, but those which are bad for everyone and horrible for us. And Minkin shows some places where it has fallen into this trap. In particular, much of the Left fails to realize just how great our nation has been: sure, we've done some counterproductive things, but we've also done some truly wonderful things that benefit practically everyone. If we fail to praise ourselves for this, we're overlooking ways in which we might all prosper in the future.
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