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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Seye Ayannuga | 9/20/2013

    " currently-reading.... "

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