Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do about It — Business Books in Bulk - 800-CEO-READ

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

    By Joshua Cooper Ramo
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The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different.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 was raised in Los Ranchos, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande River. He began flying in his late teens and holds two U.S. national point-to-point airspeed records. He is currently training for a paraglider descent of New Mexico's highest peak. He joined "Time" in 1996 as the youngest senior editor in the magazine's history and went on to become its foreign editor and assistant managing editor. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders of Tomorrow, as well as a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a cofounder of the U.S.-China Young Leaders Forum.


STAFF PICKS: In the Books - Off to the Printers XIII

Posted January 13, 2011, 7:57 PM with category of The Company
The article below was printed in last year's In the Books—our annual review of the best in the business genre. It my (possibly ill-advised) attempt to look at how some of the books published in 2009 tackled the macroeconomic issues, with a (possibly ill-advised) splash of Candide thrown in awkwardly, for emphasis. If you don't feel like reading the entire essay on the topic, you can skip to the end of the post and see F. Read more

NEWS: The 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards of 2009

Posted December 15, 2009, 3:00 PM with category of General Business
The 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—And Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Viking Books, 624 pages, $32. 95 Even though Too Big to Fail was written during the same year the financial collapse occurred, Andrew Ross Sorkin has written what we predict will be the definitive book on the subject. Sorkin not only tells a gripping “perfect storm” story—reporting the gory details as our 401k’s disappeared and our financial system became nationalized—but he humanizes the players as well, resulting in an imminently readable, albeit lengthy, book. Read more


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ISBN 9780316070010
Language English
Publish Date 03/22/2009
Publisher Little, Brown and Company

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