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A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It Paperback – October 6, 2010
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The first chapter is so scary that it is likely many readers will not make it through the book. It brings together the facts and analysis on global warming that have frightened the Pentagon and all European governments since at least 2004. The prognosis is so bleak that all the other chapters seem trivial by comparison, though they cover some very dark problems (genocide, martial law for the masses, large scale detention camps, global dictators, another great depression, mass starvation, acute resource shortages). He could have reversed the order of the chapters to allow the reader to better prepare for the "big one", but he had his reasons.
The author develops a social and philosophical analysis which distills to a list of "key structural problems".Read more ›
I was tempted to keep the book at five stars because the author tip-toes around the core issue of our day, institutionalized corruption. While he opens by saying he is striving to address the "linkage between political violence and social crisis in the context of imperial social systems," the word imperial is as close as he gets to calling out the global criminals that used to be called the elite, and their equally complicit enablers, the political class. Which reminds me of another important book, The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win It Back as well as the more recent ...Read more ›
"This book identifies and reviews trends in and across six specific global crises. It begins with a discussion of: 1) climate change; 2) energy scarcity; 3) food insecurity; and 4) economic instability.Read more ›
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It was written in an academic style, but has lots of good information.Published 4 months ago by Richard Alden Feldon
Excellent read. I don't give 5 stars lightly. If you're not used to thinking in terms of a "crisis of civilization" then this book will hit you like a punch to the solar... Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by reader
Frankly, I can say that this book is one of a few that makes you think deeply about what awaits us in the coming years. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
While very interesting, this book also provides a very timely and academically valid exploration of the crises that are currently being experienced globally. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Tim
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development, points out that 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by William Podmore
It is a fascinating book, exploring the crises our civilization is facing today, from climate change to peak oil, to the global financial crisis, and violent extremism, and terrorPublished on May 15, 2012 by George Apostolopoulos
If you want to get ahead of the curve - read this book. It's filled to the brim with in-depth analysis of every major crisis scenario that could emerge in the coming decades. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Clint
Ahmed really is a man with a renaissance mind. I have two of his other books, which are about politics in the Middle East. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by Mollymack