A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali
A Brave and Controversial Look at the Twenty-First Century

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Never has the world offered more promise for the future and been more fraught with dangers. In this powerful and sometimes terrifying work, Attali analyzes the past and pinpoints nine distinct periods of human history, each with its world center of power and prestige, and predicts what the tenth will bring by the end of this century. Attali foresees the disappearance of individual countries and the dominance of a world government, with democracy prevailing. However, the ultimate, burning question is: Will we leave our children and grandchildren a world that is not only viable but better, or in this nuclear world bequeath to them a planet that will be a living hell? Either way, he warns, the time to act is now.

About Jacques Attali

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Jacques Attali is an economist, historian, cultural critic, and corporate strategist. A French presidential adviser for finance and economics for many years, he cofounded and served as the first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He lives in Paris, France.
Published July 1, 2011 by Arcade Publishing. 324 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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An unsettling but fascinating divination of how the relentless march of market forces will play out over the coming centuries, by French economist and scholar Attali (Millennium: Winners and Losers in the Coming Order, 1991, etc.).

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The first third of this "history of the future" is about the past: a virtuoso "brief history of capitalism" that concentrates on nodes of innovation in transport and wealth management.

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