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The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, Thomas Homer-Dixon.

Author Name    Thomas Homer-Dixon.

Title   The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

Binding   Paper back

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   Not issued

Size   15.2 x 2.8 x 22.8 cm

Publisher   Toronto: Vintage Canada 2007

ISBN Number    0676977235 / 9780676977233

Inscription   Author signature copy

Seller ID   0000021

With the immediacy that characterized his award-winning international bestseller, The Ingenuity Gap, Homer-Dixon takes us on a remarkable journey – from the fall of the Roman empire to the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in New York, from Toronto in the 2003 blackout to the ancient temples of Lebanon and the wildfires of California. Incorporating the newest findings from an astonishing array of disciplines, he argues that the great stresses our world is experiencing – global warming, energy scarcity, population imbalances, and widening gaps between rich and poor – can’t be looked at independently. As these stresses combine and converge, the risk of breakdown rises. The first signs are appearing in the wastelands of the Arctic, the mud-clogged streets of Gonaïves, Haiti, and the volatile regions of the Middle East and Asia. But while the consequences of denial in our more perilous world are dire, Homer-Dixon makes clear that we can use our emerging understanding of the complex systems in which we live to avoid catastrophic collapse in a way the Roman empire could not. This vitally important new book shows how, in the face of breakdown, we can still provide for the renewal of our global civilization. We are creating the conditions for catastrophe, but by understanding the underlying principles that make human and natural systems resilient – and by working together to put those principles into effect – we can still limit the severity of collapse and foster regeneration, innovation, and renewal.

Regression (Civilization); Social change; Problem solving-History.

Price = 24.95 USD



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