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Future Perfect

The Case for Progress in a Networked Age
Narrated by: Samuel Cohen
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Business, Leadership
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Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good for You, New York Times best-selling author Steven Johnson's Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview - influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, but not dependent on high-tech solutions - that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking.

With his acclaimed gift for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big ideas, Johnson explores this new vision of progress through a series of fascinating narratives: from the "miracle on the Hudson" to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself.

At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Future Perfect makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and that new solutions are on the rise. This is a hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future, from one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture.

©2012 Steven Johnson (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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  • Craig
  • 09-17-19

Overall Disappointing

My fault I suppose but if you want to read about tech and future-gazing then pick a brand new book. So many ideas are (in tech terms) old by this time.

Started well, the Sully story and the background whetted my appetite but then it was downhill from there.

And a note to the narrator (whose own voice was fine by the way).....don't do the accents!!!! His Nick Clegg was a particularly sanctimonious irritation!