The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Cooper Ramo
Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It

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Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions made to stem a financial crisis guarantee its worsening. Environmental strategies to protect species lead to their extinction.

The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different. In The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo puts forth a revelatory new model for understanding our dangerously unpredictable world. Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, psychology, immunology, and the science of networks, he describes a new landscape of inherent unpredictability--and remarkable, wonderful possibility.
 

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Joshua Cooper Ramo is Managing Director and a partner at Kissinger Associates, one of the world's leading strategic advisory firms. Prior to joining Kissinger Associates, he was Assistant Managing Editor of Time and worked in the advisory and banking business in China.
 
Published March 14, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction

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Ramo adds that focusing on “objects” such as Saddam Hussein at the expense of “the swirling, furious energy of the environment around those objects (clan rivalries, greed, corruption, a region aflame with fundamentalism),” you are bound to get mired down in places such as Iraq—a good reason, he r...

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Ramo, a strategic adviser and former journalist, presents his proposals for rectifying foreign policy mistakes in a discussion that ranges from the public service work of Hezbollah to the German pa

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Christensen), Mr. Ramo does a nimble job of showing how such theories shed light on the current political and economic climate while avoiding the worst pitfalls (like an overreliance on suggestion and innuendo and the use of unrepresentative examples) of Mr. Gladwell’s clumsy last book, “Outliers...

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As Kissinger told a reporter for The New Yorker at a party he recently held to celebrate his young protégé, the book “has one basic theme that is a little difficult for me, which is that my generation is sort of a bunch of dodos.” Skip to next paragraph THE AGE OF THE UNTHINKABLE ...

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Former foreign editor of Time , Ramo pushes the reader into uncomfortable yet exhilarating places with controversial ways of thinking about global challenges (e.g., studying why Hezbollah is the most efficiently run Islamic militant group).

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Examiner

If we are going to craft a new, brighter future, it will take all of our courage to challenge ourselves, our families, neighbors, co-workers, and leaders.

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Christian Science Monitor

These are the tragic paradoxes that mark our modern world, writes Joshua Cooper Ramo in The Age of the Unthinkable.

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