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[( The Long Boom: A Vision for the Coming Age of Prosperity )] [by: Peter Schwartz] [Oct-2000] Paperback – 19 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS (19 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000C4ST9I
  • Package Dimensions: 35.1 x 23.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Long Boom The combined forces of technological development and economic openness are creating a wide array of new opportunities for busiensses, political institutions and individuals. These changes are considered, as well as alternative scenarios and plans for the future. Full description

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Format: Hardcover
Those who have already read The Art of the Long View no doubt share my high regard for the vision, precision, and eloquence which Peter Schwartz brings to subjects of special interest to him. They are once again in evidence (indeed in abundance) in this book which he co-authored with Peter Leyden and Joel Hyatt. Theirs is a shared vision of "the coming age of prosperity." What exactly does that mean? The answer is suggested in the Introduction: "The Long Boom is a positive meme about a better future. A meme is a contagious idea that can quickly spread around the world and influence what people think and do....The idea soon takes on a life of its own, out of anybody's control, flitting from computer host to computer host in an exponential expansion that spreads around the world....[The book] starts with the recognition that the world is faced with a historic opportunity. What we call the Long Boom -- the years from 1980 to 2020 --is a period of global transformation. No other age ever possessed the tools or the knowledge to do what we can do today." From the authors' perspective, what they call the Long Boom is half in the past and half in the future. "We refer to the Long Boom in both senses throughout the book."
There are four Parts followed by an Afterword.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an overview of the political, economic and technological world in which we in the First World live now, and in which we in all of our worlds can live in the future.
It isn't "futurology", it isn't difficult, it isn't a political treatise. It is common sense for mankind.
It is global, and if you are reading a review at Amazon YOU are global! Don't underestimate your importance, your influence, your being present and interactive at this potentially pivotal time.
Buy this book, read it, and then buy further copies to send to your old school library! Take part in spreading the book's inspirational message.
I really believe it is the "bedside book" for 2000 whether you are a Peer of The Realm or a member of Greenpeace, and eco-warrior or a property developer.
Get your hands on a copy urgently: to borrow a couple of ad phrases, "Be Inspired", "We Have The Technology" - just read this book for the sake of the World.
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Events have proven this book utterly wrong in every respect.

Avoid.
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The different technology's explored in The Long Boom that will begin to mature as we move into the 21st century are very interesting and, I believe, essentially correct. The biggest shortcoming of the book is the author's constant reference to solving global warming, A PROBLEM THAT DOES NOT EXIST. Time and again the author's reference this topic and it distracts from the upbeat, visionary, look into the future.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Long Boom is only one scenario 18 Jan. 2000
By Craig Gould - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big Schwartz fan from "Art of The Long View". That being the case, I was disappointed to see that he didn't take his own advice in structuring the content of "The Long Boom". "The Long View" stressed developing best, worst and most likely scenariois to develop plans of actions to deal with future events. "The Long Boom" from my perspective dwells only on the best case scenario. Environmental and social issues are addressed, but the scenario is too tidy to believe. The strength of the book revolves around the explanation of ground-breaking technologies on the horizon. I think the integration of these technologies are very plausible, but remain to be seen. The book is definitely worth a read.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are We Equal to the Challenge? 12 Feb. 2000
By Robert Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Those who have already read The Art of the Long View no doubt share my high regard for the vision, precision, and eloquence which Peter Schwartz brings to subjects of special interest to him. They are once again in evidence (indeed in abundance) in this book which he co-authored with Peter Leyden and Joel Hyatt. Theirs is a shared vision of "the coming age of prosperity." What exactly does that mean? The answer is suggested in the Introduction: "The Long Boom is a positive meme about a better future. A meme is a contagious idea that can quickly spread around the world and influence what people think and do....The idea soon takes on a life of its own, out of anybody's control, flitting from computer host to computer host in an exponential expansion that spreads around the world....[The book] starts with the recognition that the world is faced with a historic opportunity. What we call the Long Boom -- the years from 1980 to 2020 --is a period of global transformation. No other age ever possessed the tools or the knowledge to do what we can do today." From the authors' perspective, what they call the Long Boom is half in the past and half in the future. "We refer to the Long Boom in both senses throughout the book."
There are four Parts followed by an Afterword.
Part I Track the Inevitable (ie major developments in technology, economics and politics)
Part II The Politics of the Long Boom (ie how to overcome "looming political problems")
Part III The Engines of the Twenty-First Century (ie technologies which can help to preserve the environment)
Part IV Birth of a Global Civilization (ie creation of a new middle class amidst fundamental global changes)
In the forward-thinking Afterword, the authors reaffirm their faith in the almost unlimited potentialities of the Long Boom IF the human race can somehow avoid committing planetary suicide. They are emphatically NOT misty-eyed visionaries; on the contrary, they seem most comfortable when addressing harsh realities such as territorial "politics" which, if permitted, can result in the Long Whimper. Among their objectives is to provide "a starting point for an ongoing global conversation about how everyone can take advantage of the great potential of our era and create a better world." The observations shared are anchored in the real-world; the suggestions offered are practical and do-able. If for whatever reasons the human race is unwilling and/or unable to fulfill the promise of the Long Boom, who to blame? According to Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Schwartz, Leyden & Hyatt would perhaps reply, "OK but so what? There's still time. There's still hope. We have everything we need. Let's work together on a global basis. It won't be easy but we can do it. We really can."
How? This brilliant book answers that question. Better yet, it explains why.
Those whose minds and hearts are nourished by this book should also check out Natural Capitalism (Hawken, Lovins & Lovins) and Holding On to Reality (Borgmann) which address many of the same issues but from somewhat different perspectives.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! 2 Feb. 2000
By Carl Zaiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is full of hope and optimism, yet grounded in the reality of today's world. The authors have developed a "possible" vision of the future...not a "prediction." That, to me, means there is something beyond the horizon that is worth working towards. The content of the book also provided me a wealth of information about our world today and I feel I had a chance to get caught up on "current events." Furthermore, the authors put these events into a context that gave them new meaning.
I also liked the way the book was written. The letters written in current time and the documentary broadcast in the future looking back at the past 40 years added some very interesting perpectives.
The Long Boom should be required reading for everyone as it opens up a door to what is possible that most people don't consider in the narrow viewpoint of daily living.
4.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been Written....And All Should Read! 7 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
. "The Long Boom".....simply an awesome visionary GLOBAL BLUEPRINT ...... professional career and life shaping content......
By 2050, the world may come back and cite the book's authors as the forefathers of the course vision which attempts germination of harmonious global community convergence.
....establishes a practical mindset of vast scope political, social, economic, global inter-dynamics
...should be classified must read material at every worldwide higher learning institution, in the same manner that Ethics and Business Policy is required at every MBA program as capstone courses.
Very well repected Washington Kiplinger Editors offer similar book reporting similar trends in Global Business, Geo-politics and Technology.... ...."World Boom Ahead"....
...never expect a guarranty how mankind will advance globally......but plenty of room for thoughtful, practical blueprints and scenario planning.....
...offers very practical advice for world's business and political leaders....not intended to be a detailed roadmap for global destiny....
If for the first 50 years of the world's 21st century mankind aligns toward this course blueprint, then mankind has the opportunity to make up for the tragic first 50 years of the world's 20th century.
All need to read this book so as to know what policies to be demanding from their local, state, regional, federal politicians and business enterprise leaders.
Scott D. Barnette 37 yrs old Sr. Sales Director Hitachi Corporation
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a Novel 5 May 2000
By Robert Cope, robertcope@worldnet.att.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This easy-to-read, collaborative, and well-edited book reads like a mystery novel without the mystery as the plot is revealed in the introduction. The story is about the economic opportunity before the world now. Three technological waves (futurists love waves) are washing the shores of nations worldwide: the internet, biotechnical manipulation and lower-cost energy. This is however less a book about technology and more about a new politics (think, fresh mind sets) needed to renew lagging economies, save the planet, enhance the role of women, prepare for the new sciences and, thus, realize a new global civilization.
The authors' method of discovery (i.e., research) was world-touring among an impressive list of leading thinkers.
The story begins in the previous century (1980's, more or less) and ends about 2050, 30 years beyond the predicted new civilization.
The result is some kind of "blue print" for the future. The story will warm the hearts of optimists; pessimists will be less convinced.
The book comes with a fine index, rather general footnotes, an annotated bibliography and the now ubiquitious web site illustrating one of the 10 principle beliefs/behaviors the authors' promote: Stay Connected.
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