- Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446602590
- ISBN-13: 978-0446602594
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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War and Anti-War: Making Sense of Today's Global Chaos Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1995
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These insights fit into the Tofflers' larger framework insights about how after the Agricultural Wave, and the Industrial Wave we have entered the Wave of Information and Knowledge- and how the means of Warfare change in accordance with the Dominant mode of the historical time.
The Tofflers are not however dogmatic and schematic. They lay out possibilities for future transformations in warfare, from star- wars scenarios to those in which robot- soldiers shape the battlefields of the future. They talk about all kinds of interesting possibilities from 'niche wars' to global conflagrations initiated by 'crazy states'.
But my sense is that the outline of possibilities, and the raising of interesting ideas and scenarios is somehow today less vital than the analysis of the specific ' war - situation' or 'war - situations' Mankind finds itself in. Their book was published before 9/11 before the rise of an Islamic Fundamentalist global Terror threat which amounts to a Clash of Civilizations with the West.
The Tofflers have written an interesting book ( As they always do) but one which more than a decade after its publication does not provide a nitty- gritty analysis of our specific ' war- situation'.
Even when WAW was published, in 1993, it was obviously a name-dropping book. I don’t mean vulgar name dropping, like the magazine ad for rum with the couple telling us how Liza Minnelli introduced them to a new rum drink. (Good for her.) No, the Tofflers drop the names of people you never heard of who have impressive titles. An example: "In 1992 Bo Rybeck, director of the Swedish National Defense Research Institute, pointed out that as we become able to identify the DNA variations of different racial and ethnic groups, 'we will be able to determine the differences between blacks and whites and Orientals and Jews and Swedes and Finns and develop an agent that will kill only [a particular] group.' One can imagine the uses to which such technology might be put by 'ethnic cleansers' of tomorrow." The latter sentence may be true, which is more than one can say for Rybeck’s assertion. The Swedes, for example, have been a distinct ethnic group for nearly two millennia, but human genes have existed for over eleven millennia, and have the remarkable ability to cross national boundaries. If you Google on “Swedish gene,” you’ll get the LinkedIn page of Gene Swedish.
One review of WAW called it “neo-Marxist nonsense.” It’s clear that it was influenced by a Marx—but which Marx: Karl or Groucho?
I first picked up this book in reaction to the recent attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. I was hoping that it would give me a better insight into modern military, and what modern warfare would be like. I think that the authors did a great job of showing just how different any present and future wars are likely to be.
My one complaint is that the authors focused almost exclusively on the militaries of the advanced societies. If you want to see how the "new" terrorists are also "Third Wave" organizations, I highly recommend Countering the New Terrorism, by Ian O. Lesser, et al.
That said, this is a fascinating book, with a thought-provoking message. I highly recommend you read it.
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