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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Cooper Ramo Narrator: Joshua Cooper Ramo Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781600247217
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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 II 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative…A stimulating volume.”

    New York Times

  • “The formula on displays here—reported vignettes, grand theorizing, surprising juxtapositions—will be familiar to readers of Thomas L. Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, and Ramo executes  it with verve.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ramo entertainingly examines subjects as diverse as fish ecology and Hezbollah guerrilla tactics.”

    New Yorker

  • “A beacon for those who have been looking for straight talk about our current economic crisis and how you and I, everyday people, can move forward.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Elegantly written…Ramo’s analyses offer interesting lessons for executives, especially during a recession.”

    BusinessWeek 

  • “Ramo’s cinematic narrative is breathless…His wake-up call has done us a service.”

    Financial Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 2/16/2014

    " Illustrates that we must look at all angles of what we think we know and think outside the box as many other more dangerous groups are doing. Not a fast read, but very interesting. Good to get Ramo's perspective as he lives in China and New York "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glomom2000 | 1/23/2014

    " This book is very thought provoking. Although it is fairly intellectual, it is well written and easy to follow. It shows you why we need to be adaptable and open to possibilities that may be difficult to imagine. The world we live in is changing. Ramo shows us the how and why, and challenges the reader to think outside the box. We're talking paradigm shift..! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/23/2013

    " Very thought-provoking, and an easy read. Written in the story-telling style of Gladwell, Zakaria and Friedman. A credible author: Kissinger Associates principle, lives in NY and Beijing. Will be TS&W's book-club book for January. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seye Ayannuga | 9/20/2013

    " currently-reading.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Po | 9/2/2013

    " Eh.. the author thinks he's hit a completely revolutionary idea when it's not really THAT revolutionary to anyone who's paying attention. He's also very condescending in some spots.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/9/2013

    " This author, as an international editor for Time Magazine, is well versed in international affairs. Well written book with an overview of what our national leaders are doing that is behind the times, and how we can cope individually to develop deep security in times of upheaval. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Benidt | 7/3/2013

    " The best non-fiction book I've read this year. Excellent reporting that often reads like a novel - and will alternately scare the heck out of you and get your brain going on things like what it means to your business, your family and the future of the world. Worth the effort it takes to read something a little headier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/26/2013

    " Excellent! Made me rethink the world and how it got this way... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/20/2013

    " Mind-altering, creative, makes you anxious and hopeful about all the risks and possibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/23/2012

    " Engaing quick read with a unique take on modern social and political problems. A lot of original thoughts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Astrid | 8/25/2012

    " one big idea that could have been told in a longer essay.. doesn't need a whole book of name dropping encounters with famous people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summer | 3/11/2012

    " I only finished this book because I paid nearly full price. Don't waste your time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 11/28/2011

    " any solution is going will be difficult to initiate. This is a good start to begin to understand what is at stake and a theme that has been repeat recently. Enjoyed for an interesting perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Bayles | 5/29/2011

    " A refreshing and incredibly useful way of looking at the challenges we face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 5/9/2011

    " This book makes you rethink how you thought the world works. It is a quick read that changes your outlook on the future of human society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/8/2011

    " One of the best thinkers in policy today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 12/28/2010

    " Eh.. the author thinks he's hit a completely revolutionary idea when it's not really THAT revolutionary to anyone who's paying attention. He's also very condescending in some spots.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrin | 12/12/2010

    " I enjoyed the author's idea that we need to be more flexible in our responses to and projections of the challenges of the modern world; looking at the world in old ways doesn't work any more, with modern communications, travel, etc.
    Katrin "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Thomas | 11/12/2010

    " I didn't actually finish this, but I listened to several hours of the stuff. I certainly heard enough to give it a rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 10/13/2010

    " The Age of the Unthinkable got me thinking about many different way to grow my business based on human nature and the way things just happen.

    I recommend it to anyone who need help seeing the big picture and the details in one.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luis | 8/31/2010

    " A great read for anyone who is an entrepreneur or wants a different viewpoint for solving difficult situations and problems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/3/2010

    " The book was pretty good but not really anything that I couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/28/2010

    " Fascinating. Read it for work, and it doesn't seem on the surface to relate to libraries and schools, but there's so much to take from his insights. Really enjoyed the stuff about China, too. "

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About the Author
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.