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Reviews of the Second Edition: "We live today in a period of intense and puzzling transformation, signalling perhaps a move beyond the industrial era altogether. Yet where are the great sociological works that chart this transition? Hence the importance of Manuel Castells′ multivolume work, in which he seeks to chart the social and economic dynamics of the information age . . . [It] is bound to be a major reference source for years to come." (Anthony Giddens, The Times Higher Education Supplement ) "Adam Smith explained how capitalism worked, and Karl Marx explained why it didn′t. Now the social and economic relations of the Information Age have been captured by Manuel Castells." ( Wall Street Journal ) "So far, the person who has straddled the world of social theory and Silicon Valley most successfully is Manuel Castells. Castells enjoys a growing reputation as the first significant philosopher of cyberspace." ( The Economist ) "A must–read." ( Wired ) "This book goes a considerable way to helping us make sense of today′s global information economy and our place in it." ( Financial Times )


"A brief review cannot do it justice. No other scholar has approached the subject of the information age in as engaging and innovative a way as this author. Strongly recommended for academic libraries." – M. Perelman , California State University

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Avoid it 14 Jan 2013
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One of the most frustrating pieces of garbage I have ever read. Any brilliant insights the man might have are lost in a wave of trying to create overly complicated sentences. Whether suffering from a weak editor or a over-inflated sense of trying to force "Look how Academic I am!" on people, Castells points are lost. Even when you understand his points, it's rare to read a sentence in the book and think "This was written in the way that would make it most accessible and clear."

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