The Age of the Unthinkable
Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
By Joshua Cooper Ramo
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316118118, 304pp.)
Publication Date: June 2010
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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The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different.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.
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.
"[Ramo's] provocative new book...does a nimble job of showing how such theories shed light on the current political and economic climate while avoiding the worst pitfalls...[he] has managed, in this stimulating volume, to make the reader seriously contemplate the alarming nature of a rapidly changing world."
-New York Times
"A great read, a wondrous and unexpected journey through a world that keeps getting more complicated. Joshua Cooper Ramo has a brilliant mind and a beautiful pen, and both are evident in this stimulating book."
-author of The Post-American World
"Ramo pushes the reader into uncomfortable yet exhilarating places with controversial ways of thinking about global challenges...Persuasively argued...Ramo's revelatory work argues that there must be some audacity in thinking before there can be any audacity of hope."
"Thought-provoking...highly recommended for anyone who runs a business, is involved in international relations, or cares about our collective future."
The Age of the Unthinkable
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