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

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


From the writer of the number 1 bestselling and Governor General's Literary Award-winning The Ingenuity hole - a vital addition to the bookshelf of each pondering individual with a stake in our global and our civilization.

This is a groundbreaking, crucial publication for our occasions. Thomas Homer-Dixon brings to undergo his bold knowing of the pressing difficulties that confront our international to elucidate their scope and deep reasons. The Upside of Down presents a bright photo of the large stresses which are at the same time converging on our societies and dangerous a breakdown that will profoundly shake civilization. It exhibits, too, how we will be able to decide upon a greater path into the longer term.

With the immediacy that characterised his award-winning foreign bestseller, The Ingenuity hole, Homer-Dixon takes us on a outstanding trip - from the autumn of the Roman empire to the devastation of the Sept. 11 assaults in ny, from Toronto within the 2003 blackout to the traditional temples of Lebanon and the wildfires of California. Incorporating the most recent findings from an spectacular array of disciplines, he argues that the good stresses our global is experiencing - international warming, strength shortage, inhabitants imbalances, and widening gaps among wealthy and terrible - cannot be checked out independently. As those stresses mix and converge, the chance of breakdown rises. the 1st indicators are showing within the wastelands of the Arctic, the mud-clogged streets of Gonaïves, Haiti, and the unstable areas of the center East and Asia. yet whereas the results of denial in our extra perilous global are dire, Homer-Dixon makes transparent that we will be able to use our rising figuring out of the complicated platforms during which we are living to prevent catastrophic cave in in a fashion the Roman empire couldn't.

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