Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow with Today's Most Provocative Personalities

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As a talk-show host for more than four decades, Larry King has encountered the most powerful and influential people in the world. Now, in Future Talk, he converses with some of today's most provocative thinkers to get their perspectives on what's in store for us in days to come.

In this book, composed of original interviews never broadcast or published before, Larry King takes us on a tour of the future of politics, religion, the media, war and peace, money, work, travel, sports, and the arts--all from the point of view of highly regarded individuals at the top of their fields.

King has conversations with: Stephen Jay Gould on the unprecedented challenges mankind faces; Marian Wright Edelman on the risks confronting families; Tim Russert on the media and political coverage; Doris Kearns Goodwin on the talents a future president will need to succeed; Gen. John Shalikashvili on military developments; Bill Gates on how computers and the Internet will continue to permeate our lives; Richard C. Holbrooke on the challenges of world diplomacy; C. Everett Koop on the increasingly volatile relationship between government and health care; Lester Thurow on world economics and how the United States needs to position itself; Albert Berkeley on how Wall Street will play less of a central role in investors' lives; Bob Costas on how sports will grow and change, as well as how they will be covered; Maya Angelou and Peter Max on the meanings and relevance of art; Isaac Mizrahi on what we'll be wearing; Stephen Cannell on what we'll be watching; and Robert Thurman and Elaine Pagels on spirituality and what we'll be doing to nourish our souls.These and many other interviews offer comments that are candid and opinionated, optimistic and pessimistic. They will engender reflection and surprise and ultimately provide insight into what tomorrow will bring.

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When Larry King calls to ask what the world will be like in the next century, you don't tell him you're too busy to talk. Even Bill Gates finds the time to discuss the impact of e-mail on business ("The post office and delivery companies are going to see the quantity of correspondence they deliver fall, but at the same time they'll see the amount of merchandise they deliver rise").

With more than 40 original interviews with people ranging from artist Peter Max to Vibe's national affairs editor Farai Chideya, King covers all the major topics, including politics, science, media, education, business, the arts, and spirituality; he even gets input on the future of baseball from sportscaster Bob Costas and acting commissioner Bud Selig. In addition to knowing whom to talk to, King also knows to let them do most of the talking. His unintrusive questions allow his guests to flesh out their ideas in significant detail.

About the Author:

Larry King is the host of Larry King Live on CNN. In the talk-show business for more than forty years, he has gained honors, including the Peabody Award, five Ace Awards, and the Broadcaster of the Year Award. His column appears on USA Today.

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