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Future Shock Hardcover – 1 Jan 1970

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd (1 Jan. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370013018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370013015
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alvin Toffler is adviser to companies and governments worldwide on advances in technology, politics, economics, and society. His other books include The Third Wave, Powershift, War and Anti-War, and Creating a New Civilization, he live in Los Angeles, California. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.


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Format: Paperback
Future Shock is an amazing book. Perhaps the most remarkable feature is how relevant it is to today when it was written in 1970 in an almost unrecognizably different world. It describes the many aspects of change in our current world in a lively and relevant fashion. Amusingly the only bit which is really wide of the mark is the predictions of the future where Toffler interviewed various people at the then cutting edge and asked them about the year 2000. Robots were vastly over-rated and computers vastly under-rated amongst other anomalies. In most other respects it is a brilliant description of current Western society which should convince the most conservative mind that the world is undergoing a revolution of a greater order than any before.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Future Shock immediately before reading Alvin and Heidi Toffler's latest book: Revolutionary Wealth. I am fascinated with thoughtful predictions of the future. Knowing the accuracy of the predictions he made about the future in Future Shock (which was first Published in 1970) would provide a good indication of how accurate he would be in Revolutionary Wealth.

I found the book extremely interesting, insightful, and well researched. It was scary at times, but upbeat at others. It discusses where we are headed as a society (from a 1970 perspective), and what lies ahead. It covers subjects such as: the throw away society, the fractured family, education of the future, the diversity of life styles, the origins of over choice, cloning and much more. Many of these topics are today's headlines...not bad for peeking into a crystal ball back in 1970!

At times I caught myself thinking "There is nothing new here; Toffler is just eloquently describing today's society." Then I realized when the book was written.

Toffler has an amazing ability to look at the very beginning of trends and then extrapolate a future out of those trends. His predications come from interviews with many world experts. Toffler then uses his critical thinking skills to integrating everything he has learned. From this knowledge he constructs a vision of the future. Not only that, he provides options we should consider to create a positive future for ourselves.

It is amazing enough to predict the future relatively accurately. By providing us with options, Toffler completed this masterpiece of writing.

Some of the predications Toffler made didn't come to pass. That's to be expected. There are so many that have come to pass that it makes this book a powerful work.
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This book tells us much about our present situation and the impending future although it was first published in 1970. Tofler first examines the way in which technology and its exponential growth both then and correctly predicting now is fuelling ever quickening change in society. He surmises that such a process entails future shock, a failure of individuals or groups to thrive in an ever mutating situation and to drop out or collapse in some way. Some of his predictions seem a bit far of the mark now (for instance a decrease in beauraucracy), but on the other hand many are quite accurate and reflect and extrapolate upon the sudden changes in society in the sixties. For an ever more quickly changing world it seems important that one of the major problems today is just that - Future Shock, an inability to deal with those changes.
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Format: Paperback
I have to agree with the other comments here. Toffler was writing over 40 years ago (the book was first published in 1970), but the world he describes sounds remarkably like the one we westerners now live in. Information overload, change as a disease (this is how Toffler at one point actually defines Future Shock), collapsing eco-systems, the throwaway society, the spreading use of drugs, the politics of nihilism and nostalgia (Islamic fascism anyone?) - it's all here!
Toffler has a neat line in pop-sociology and the book is crammed with clever and user friendly phraseology. But beneath the shimmering pop-friendly surface is a deeply thought through hypothesis. Very prescient and something of a classic.
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Format: Paperback
I read Future Shock immediately before reading Alvin and Heidi Toffler's latest book: Revolutionary Wealth. I am fascinated with thoughtful predictions of the future. Knowing the accuracy of the predictions he made about the future in Future Shock (which was first Published in 1970) would provide a good indication of how accurate he would be in Revolutionary Wealth.

I found the book extremely interesting, insightful, and well researched. It was scary at times, but upbeat at others. It discusses where we are headed as a society (from a 1970 perspective), and what lies ahead. It covers subjects such as: the throw away society, the fractured family, education of the future, the diversity of life styles, the origins of over choice, cloning and much more. Many of these topics are today's headlines...not bad for peeking into a crystal ball back in 1970!

At times I caught myself thinking "There is nothing new here; Toffler is just eloquently describing today's society." Then I realized when the book was written.

Toffler has an amazing ability to look at the very beginning of trends and then extrapolate a future out of those trends. His predications come from interviews with many world experts. Toffler then uses his critical thinking skills to integrating everything he has learned. From this knowledge he constructs a vision of the future. Not only that, he provides options we should consider to create a positive future for ourselves.

It is amazing enough to predict the future relatively accurately. By providing us with options, Toffler completed this masterpiece of writing.

Some of the predications Toffler made didn't come to pass. That's to be expected. There are so many that have come to pass that it makes this book a powerful work.
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