The Age of the Unthinkable

The Age of the Unthinkable

Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Examines how an accelerated rate of change and unpredictability has altered the international landscape and argues that new ways of understanding the diversity of the current world are needed in order to create peace and cooperation for the future.

Blackwell North Amer
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The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different.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.

Hachette Book Group
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The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different.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.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316118088
Branch Call Number: 973.931 Ram
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 24 cm

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Jul 05, 2011

This book tries hard to establish a thesis about disorder in an interconnected world. The analogy is a pile of sand. Adding more grains of sand will eventually cause a landslide - but when this happens is unpredictable.

There is some very interesting anecdotal material: the author can draw on interviews with professors and terrorists. But ultimately this book struggles with its conclusion: complex systems can be unpredictable, but proving a negative is, as might be imagined, unsatisfying and impossible.

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subaru
Jan 20, 2011

entertaining and enlightening. I am a daily consumer of news but Ramo brings points of view and issues into focus.

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