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The Quickening: Today's Trends, Tomorrow's World Hardcover – September 1, 1997
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Now his first topical book (AOT was a biography) doesn't match up to his extremely fun radio shows.
The problem is the topic, the Quickening, a made up term for coming changes that Art coined some years before the book was written. The books content is segmented in topics like government, technology, religion, earth changes, society, environment and diseases. The book is basically a look into all these topics and Art's opinion them as well as what he thinks the future will bring.
Its not really a bad book, in fact some of it is downright interesting. The chapter on religion & spirituality had a good chunk about UFOs and the Paranormal, topics Art is known for covering. Earth Changes and Government were interesting as well. Art's views on the one world government, how it would work and be funded, the ineffectiveness of the UN were all covered and a good read. If you think of the book as just a brief study of the world in 1997 its not that bad.
Art's thesis is the main problem. As far as unequivocally documenting a 'quickening' (as Art claimed the book does many times on his show) the book fails miserably to do this. There simply isn't enough research to claim that anything is quickening and the very broad term itself doesn't even make his thesis clear. Certainly technology is progressing faster than ever before but as far as everything else is concerned its really impossible to say that its 'quickening' certainly things are changing but things have been changing since history began. His chapter on society is really without basis. You can't tell me that we are becoming more degenerate than in the past when people were stoned in the streets, fed to lions, watched public executions and regularity plundered and raped and murdered (dark ages anyone?) He basically ignores humanities violent past to make a point here.
Overall, its an okay read. Not nearly as good as the show. The topics for the most part are kind of same old same old in any other geo-political book and for someone who is as interesting as Art this makes it kind of a let down. I will say this though for its credit it is NOT a doomsaying book. It may be a little pessimistic at times but it is a long way from doomsaying. If you really like Art pick it up, give it a read (its cheap now), the UFO and Paranormal part was easily the most interesting section in an otherwise okay study of 1997.