The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It

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Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions made to stem a financial crisis guarantee its worsening. Environmental strategies to protect species lead to their extinction.

The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different. In The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo puts forth a revelatory new model for understanding our dangerously unpredictable world. Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, psychology, immunology, and the science of networks, he describes a new landscape of inherent unpredictability--and remarkable, wonderful possibility.

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Joshua Cooper Ramo is Managing Director and a partner at Kissinger Associates, one of the world's leading strategic advisory firms. Prior to joining Kissinger Associates, he was Assistant Managing Editor of Time and worked in the advisory and banking business in China.

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A well-credentialed foreign policy consultant and former TIME magazine editor says the collapse of Old World institutions provides hope that individuals around the world will solve vexing problems like terrorist violence, class warfare, and financial and political volatility. Old World thinking, he says, makes these problems worse because its proponents are blind to the human desire to improve our condition, the world's unpredictability, and the instantaneous ways technology can put individual ideas into action. The author's reading is overly enthusiastic--these topics are intelligent and lively on their own. But the sound and phrasing are clear, the writer optimistic, and the ideas so cogently expressed that most listeners will be captivated by this important foreign affairs audio. T.W. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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