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The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It | [Joshua Cooper Ramo]

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

Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, human immunology, psychology and his own extraordinary experiences, Joshua Ramo puts forth a radical new model for looking at the world, one that embraces its inherent unpredictability--and offers our best hope for dealing with problems and disasters as they emerge.
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For decades, American foreign policy has been based on the seductive belief that there exists a logical relationship between power of states and the physics of change. And yet today policies designed to make us safer instead make the world more perilous. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to boost the quality of life of people around the world, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions taken to stem a financial crisis guarantee its arrival. Environmental techniques engineered to protect species lead to their extinction. Middle East peace plans produce less peace. Our world is not becoming more stable or flatter or easier to comprehend. And what we face isn't one single shift, like the end of World War Two or the collapse of the Soviet Union, so much as a revolutionary avalanche of ceaseless change.

Now, drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, human immunology, psychology and his own extraordinary experiences, Joshua Ramo puts forth a radical new model for looking at the world, one that embraces its inherent unpredictability--and offers our best hope for dealing with problems and disasters as they emerge.

©2009 Joshua Cooper Ramo; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Richard Sanford, NC, USA 04-08-09
    Richard Sanford, NC, USA 04-08-09
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    "Great read, well read"

    I purchased this book because it was recommended by Fareed Zakaria on GPS. If you enjoy his unbiased, intelligent, long range, big picture supported by facts approach to recent events, this book this book is for you.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    ANTHONY SAYEGH 10-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "You have to be open Minded"

    Some did not give this book good ratings, however, in order to understand where the author is coming from, one must have lived overseas or at least have some insight into some of the cultures and other groups the author refers to. Reading this book as I write this review, one cant help notice that what the author talks about regarding change, is actually taking place across the world and the USA, today. If you prefer to live in an image of the world as it was portrayed to you by the Media, Corporations and narrow minded individuals, this book is not for you, this book is for those who would like to view the world from a diferent perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-29-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2002
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    "interesting hypothesis, but weak evidence"

    Mr. Ramo is such an eager and effective narrator, that he is almost able to make his point through his effective oral performance. Unfortunately, after listening carefully, I don't quite understand how his idea has the ability to change the shape of solutions to problems around the globe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Harleysville, PA, USA 08-04-09
    Anthony Harleysville, PA, USA 08-04-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Thought provoking, interesting, novel outlook"

    It only took a couple of days for me to finish this audio book, I often did not want to turn the iPod off. Ramo introduces a lot of interesting ideas that he illustrates and drives home with intriguing accounts, anecdotes and reports from various scientific, cultural, economic and political sources and points of view. Having been a reporter and well traveled, Ramo was able to draw vivid detail from experience. You could imagine putting some of the concepts to work your own life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 03-05-12
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011

    I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.

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    "Sheds light on a rapidly changing world"
    Would you listen to The Age of the Unthinkable again? Why?

    Actually, this was my second listen to The Age of the Unthinkable. There's a lot of ideas that make you re-think the way things are and how our society is approaching solutions in all the wrong ways. It's certainly one of those books that on second review, with a perspective slightly altered from the first reading begins to click the second time around.


    Any additional comments?

    We're in a new era where both the threats to our society and the opportunities in business are changing at an almost incomprehensible pace. Ramo explains why our old ways of looking at this change don't fit the world as we know it anymore. Mash ups of technology, the rate of information exchange, the transformation from the cold war to the age of terrorism; they all play havoc with the old ways of thinking. Ramo explains the change and takes steps to talk about solutions in making out systems of support more robust and resilient rather than simply trying to predict the next threat or change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly HATFIELD, PA, United States 07-14-10
    Kimberly HATFIELD, PA, United States 07-14-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Not for Everyone"

    I would not recommend this book if you believe that any one person has the answers to the world's problems written out like a recipe to follow. I would not recommend this book if you have trouble thinking outside the box with respect to radical new ideas that just might help to understand the world around us. Finally, I would not recommend this book if you are challenged by abstracting and applying the thought processes and tactics in one case to some other seemingly unrelated problem or situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig C. austin, TX United States 05-02-09
    Craig C. austin, TX United States 05-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thinkable"

    The author provides some very interesting perspectives and ideas about our age. It is well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Long Beach, CA, United States 10-14-11
    Steven Long Beach, CA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Get to the Point"

    Have you ever listened to someone go on and on and never get to the point? If you enjoy that, this is your kind of read/listen. The big thesis is that the world is more complex than we can know so don't think you can get a handle on the future. Or at least that's what I could ascertain by listening to half of it or so, because I lost my patience.
    Lots of research on what sand hills will do or not do. If you like piling sand and trying to predict when the pile will fall, which is actual research cited in the book, you'll love this listen as well. The application of chaos theory to international relations winds up being pretty darn boring. I thought I could read it because Fareed Zakariah recommended it, but I imagine now his research assistant read it for him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jholden 06-02-09
    jholden 06-02-09
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    "Like listening to your know it all cousin"

    I found the book to be poorly researched with the author constantly "name-dropping" as a way to gain some form of credibility. The author is very proud of himself for reaching some basic conclusions. I was hoping for a Malcolm Gladwellesque book and I got a dud. Did I say the research was poor?

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason charlotte, NC, USA 04-05-09
    Jason charlotte, NC, USA 04-05-09
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    "dont waste a credit"

    if you want to listen to 8 hrs of political montra this is just the book for you

    4 of 23 people found this review helpful
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