I wanted to read this book before attending a lecture where the guest speaker was the author. The basis thesis of the book is as relevant today as it was when written in the 1980s, resources of the planet are finite and the demands being placed beyond the earth are not sustainable. It is a well written study, however it now seems surprisingly dated. Much of the international analysis focuses upon the cold war for example. Obviously there have been many changes in the past 25 years, and I was left thinking that the title desperately needs updating.