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The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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Praise for The Seventh Sense One of Inc.'s "15 Great Business Books You Should Definitely Read This Year" "The next president needs to read The Seventh Sense, starting on the morning of November 9th. Joshua Ramo's latest book is a fascinating guide to the way the world is changing."―Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath
"Joshua Cooper Ramo has written a book that combines historic sweep and incisive detail. A great book, and a useful one. The Seventh Sense is a concept every businessman, diplomat, or student should aspire to master -- a powerful idea, backed by stories and figures that will be impossible to forget."―Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators
"If this book were read and understood by our next president, America would be a stronger country and the president would have an agenda for global leadership. Ramo's fascinating work serves a critical public purpose."―Bill Bradley
"Joshua Cooper Ramo has a unique intelligence and a unique voice, which illuminate this fascinating book. The central new reality of the world we live in today is connectivity. People, computers, other machines, almost everything is getting linked and these new networks are spewing oceans of information. How should we navigate this brave new world? Ramo writes with ease and authority about the technology, history , and foreign policy of this power shift, giving us an essential guide for the future."―Fareed Zakaria, author of In Defense of a Liberal Education
"In this hyper networked world remade fresh every day, with new perils and new opportunities, there is one book to be sure to read: Joshua Ramo's new book, a masterpiece, The Seventh Sense. To understand the tsunami of the networked age, you need history, biography, tech, philosophy, politics--and you want a book that has a depth beyond whatever else you could be streaming, podcasting, or wiki-ing. This is that book."―Reid Hoffman, Chairman/Founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock
"The Seventh Sense ultimately isn't just about witnessing the power of human connections, but also harnessing that power to change the world. Highly recommended."―Midwest Book Review
"Provocative reading... [Ramo] offers plenty of interesting scenarios for such things as global power shifts, AI-enabled weapons systems, and the like.... For policy wonks with an eye toward the middle term, Ramo provides a good effort to make sense of it all."―Kirkus Reviews
"This book is the best yet on reviewing the ever more tightly woven, connected, pervasive networks - accelerating due to their interactivity - that now dominate our globalized human societies.... Ramo surveys this new world of interconnected networks in penetrating detail with deep knowledge of current global geopolitics and human history."―Hazel Henderson, Seeking Alpha
About the Author
Joshua Cooper Ramo is the author of the international bestseller The Age of the Unthinkable. He is co-chief executive officer and vice chairman of Kissinger Associates and a member of the board of directors of FedEx and Starbucks. His first book, No Visible Horizon, chronicled his experiences as a competitive aerobatic pilot.
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It felt like a 5 page article or blog post had been tenuously turned into a 300 page book (sadly, there's too many such books around these days). Unfortunately Ramo comes across as one of those self-appointed ‘thought leaders’ who thinks he is dispensing revealing wisdom from the mountaintop, when all he is doing is throwing a set of loosely connected facts at you and making it sound like they constitute a coherent and original argument. He thinks he knows a lot but he says very little. Simply kicking around references from European history and Chinese culture does not make for a novel thesis. In some sense the book reminded me of Nassim Taleb’s wide-ranging writing, but Taleb has many more original points to make than Ramo.
I did find some of the quotes and references in the book interesting, but overall I thought the book was a mess. At least some of the reviewers on Amazon seem to agree with me so I may not be the only one who thinks this way. If you really want to read the book, I would suggest rapidly flipping through the pages and going straight for the threadbare amount of meat, ignoring the massive amount of bone and loosely hanging cartilage.
The Seventh Sense addresses the fourth phase of the American narrative, power and broader strokes of global order using a bit of history, philosophy, national security and Silicon Valley, a mix not solely relegated to business or how-to but an authentic survey of the world around usa nd the sense needed to master it. The book properly equips readers to address the challenges of ISIS, the opportunities of AI, the power of stateless currencies like Bitcoin and the forces of ideologues like Donald Trump, all with a dose of creative prose and vignettes from a global career. The Seventh Sense represents the critical framework for leaders to make sense of and shape their work to a rapidly evolving world.
The book uncovers, moves between, makes relevant and elevates new and familiar voices in fresh ways– Master Nan, AT&T's Paul Baran, Thomas Jefferson, Occupy Wall St.; Ramo's insights, particularly the New Caste and the constructs of Hard Gatekeeping, have the potential to become lingua franca for public intellectuals, explained with a deftness of prose that draws upon Ramo's years as a journalist navigating some of the most complex issues of our time. Ramo doesn't overly fetishize technology and the future – he provides ample areas of caution – and most importantly identifies original opportunities within and beyond the networks these machines connect.
There is a thoroughness here that others in this category lack – and I imagine this book will become one that business leaders and political mavens to explain this era, as it will for me.
For a better, idea rich and almost painfully comprehensive view on the time ahead of us, I highly recommend Al Gore’s The Future.