Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn
Humanity's Next Great Adventure

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In Beyond Civilization, Daniel Quinn thinks the unthinkable. We all know there's no one right way to build a bicycle, no one right way to design an automobile, no one right way to make a pair of shoes, but we're convinced that there must be only one right way to live -- and the one we have is it, no matter what.

Beyond Civilization makes practical sense of the vision of Daniel Quinn's best-selling novel Ishmael. Examining ancient civilizations such as the Maya and the Olmec, as well as modern-day microcosms of alternative living like circus societies, Quinn guides us on a quest for a new model for society, one that is forward-thinking and encourages diversity instead of suppressing it. Beyond Civilization is not about a "New World Order" but a "New Personal World Order" that would allow people to assert control over their own destiny and grant them the freedom to create their own way of life right now -- not in some distant utopian future.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Daniel Quinn

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Daniel Quinn's first book, Ishmael, won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, a prize for fiction presenting creative and positive solutions to global problems. He is also the author of Providence, The Story of B, and My Ishmael.
 
Published February 4, 2009 by Broadway Books. 202 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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His justification for choosing tribal society over hierarchical society, premised upon the control of food crops by an armed elite, is explained in a section entitled “Circus people are tribal people.” Quinn is the sociological equivalent of Ross Perot—all vision and anecdote, with neither depth ...

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