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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David C. Korten Narrator: Sandra Swafford Publisher: Polity Audio LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN:
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In his classic international best seller, When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten exposed the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy and helped spark a global resistance movement. Now, he shows that the problem runs deeper than corporate domination with far greater consequences.

Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls Empire, the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity.

The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy. Empire is not inevitable, not the natural order of things, Korten argues. He draws on evidence from sources as varied as evolutionary theory, developmental psychology, and religious teachings to make the case that Earth Community, a life-centered, egalitarian, sustainable way of ordering human society based on democratic principles of partnership, is indeed possible. He details a practical strategy for advancing a turning toward a future of as-yet-unrealized human potential.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/11/2013

    " This book woke me up. Woah our planet is in deep... The wierd thing is there is an optimistic message. What was it again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Markham | 11/22/2013

    " Excellent - I got to see David Korten speak a few years ago, and this book was everything I expected from him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Thijs | 11/13/2013

    " I'm sure the book was written with the best of intentions and some of the material is interesting, though not really new. But the author went on and on repeating himself. In the end I got very annoyed hearing the same things over and over again, sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelda | 10/28/2013

    " XOXO David Korten!! Thank you for giving the male and modern version of many ideas stewing since Eisler! I STILL want to talk about this book with everyone I know! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 10/27/2013

    " Picked up this book because I liked his last book "The Post-Corporate World." Some interesting points on how we got where we are and some interesting ideas on what a more just world might look like. But, way too simplistic and too heavy on rah rah without any practical ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 10/22/2013

    " urgent wake up call "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam Rasmussen | 9/5/2013

    " This book was provocative, and inspiring, but a bit preachy and overly simplistic in spots, in terms of what has to be accomplished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirandaash | 8/7/2013

    " One of the most thought changing books I've read in years - this one really has turned around the way I see our planet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Sherman | 6/3/2013

    " Give yourself a healthy dose of optimism by reading this book. Civilization as we know it will soon collapse. Korten offers some hope that something good will follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arya | 10/8/2012

    " the book that is inspiring and encourages people to think more about the future of planet from human and societal perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 9/19/2012

    " Just go to google.video.com and and enter Korten the great turning...see the 45 min. greenfestival video of Korten's summary presentation for free "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaclyn | 6/20/2012

    " As bad as Silent Spring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darnell | 8/11/2011

    " Mostly rhetoric, little fact. It articulates some useful lenses for looking at history but otherwise doesn't have very much to offer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 8/10/2011

    " Riding the "emergent culture" wave, Korten offers a manifesto for activists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 6/20/2011

    " Pragmatic and optimistic ideas for moving toward a healthy future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirandaash | 6/13/2011

    " One of the most thought changing books I've read in years - this one really has turned around the way I see our planet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 3/20/2010

    " Excellent - I got to see David Korten speak a few years ago, and this book was everything I expected from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arya | 10/7/2008

    " the book that is inspiring and encourages people to think more about the future of planet from human and societal perspectives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/17/2008

    " Picked up this book because I liked his last book "The Post-Corporate World." Some interesting points on how we got where we are and some interesting ideas on what a more just world might look like. But, way too simplistic and too heavy on rah rah without any practical ideas. "

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About the Author
Author David C. Korten

David C. Korten worked for more than thirty-five years in preeminent business, academic, and international development institutions before he turned away from the establishment to work exclusively with public interest citizen-action groups. Korten earned his MBA and PhD at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has written numerous books, including Agenda for a New Economy, the international bestseller When Corporations Rule the World, The Great Turning, and The Post-Corporate World.