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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars (10 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842300113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842300114
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ivan illich is the author of Celebration of Awareness, Tools for Conviviality, The Right to Useful Unemployment, Energy and Equity, Limits to Medicine, Shadow Work, Gender, H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness, ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind, Disabling Professions, Deschooling Society and In the Mirror of the Past: Lectures and Addresses 1978-1990.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dont have one and dont want one on 20 Sept. 2014
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
This is undoubtedly a life-changing book. 18 July 1998
By Tod Abrahamson ( - Published on
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I can't say enough about the importance of this book. In short, Illich makes the point that there is a way in which the so-called "Third World" countries can avoid industrialization, and move directly into the post-industrialist state that the developed world is headed. There is no doubt in my mind that we will look back on this man's work sometime in the near future and realize how amazingly right he is. It is really a shame that he does not have more of an influence than he does. Some of the points in this book are so right that they seem impossible to refute or even question. I really can't even put into words the influence that the book has had on me. It is something everyone should read, and it's short enough that it can be done in a matter of a few hours. Please feel free to e-mail me and tell me what you thought of it, or of other works by this genius as I am going to work on trying to popularize and spread his ideas.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
stunningly topical 27 Aug. 2012
By Maria - Published on
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I was blown away by the fact that 40 years after it was first written, this little book can make so much sense!
Kernels of insight buried in piles of manure 24 Jun. 2015
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An interesting look back at 1970 utopian socialism. Many, if not most of the prescriptions are ridiculous, suggestions such as limiting all transportation to the speed of bicycles or setting maximum and minimum incomes very close.

The book does offer some healthy critiques of technology and its potential for dehumanization (not the language used in the book). Also some of the analysis of institutional structures like education, which is condemned as conditioning only for industrial production have some validity. Politics and even language are indicted as creating a society of consumers who are slaves to addiction or slaves to envy.

Offers a historical perspective on anti-progress arguments that still appear today, but today, the sharp teeth are covered by benign dentures.
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Profound insight 11 Nov. 2014
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Incredibly well presented case for understanding our relationship with tools.
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Who's got privilege? Not me! 21 Aug. 2014
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I think Illich was way ahead of his time. He shows that any program, or lack of program should be questioned: "Who benefits, who pays, who decides" He talks a lot about the ideas of Privilege and of Monopoly. Most of us are unaware of our own privilege, even when we are aware of that of others. Henry George in "Progress and Poverty" offers a solution to the economic aspects of privilege and monopoly.
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