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Time Wars: The Primary Conflict in Human History

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Time Wars is for anyone who has ever wondered why, in a culture so obsessed with efficiency, we seem to have so little time we can call our own. As the author states in his introduction:
If centralization, concentration, and accumulation epitomized the bigger-is-better theme of spatial politics, then efficiency and speed characterize the time values of the modern age. For a
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1987)
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Craig
Jul 12, 2013 Craig marked it as abandoned
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I haven't provided a rating, because I only read the first chapter. Though this may be my longest review.

It is rare for me, but I simply couldn't finish this book.
It was written nearly twenty years ago, and talks about computers as terminals (yes, that is what WE used in those days). The book is clearly outdated; though there may be some relevant thoughts, I wasn't willing to dig for them.

The author repeatedly talks about the "speeding up of time". He generally implies that this is a bad thing a...more
Emily
This book is hilarious. It's extremely dated and it was written in 1987! The thing that's a little sad about it is that Rifkin has a lot of really interesting things to contribute to the discussion of time and the politics of time. His chapter on Chronobiology got me considering the time within the body in a way I hadn't before. His thoughts on synchronization and the history of schedules and calendars are really illuminating. However. The chapters warning us of the nightmare to come, wherein co...more
Alejandro Teruel
This book has not aged well. Though not uninteresting, most of its ideas now seem either derivative, overstated or rather commonplace:
With each new time-reckoning and time-ordering system [calendars, clocks, factories, computers], humanity has distanced itself farther and farther from the rhythms of nature. At each new temporal crossroads of our existence, we have made a conscious choice to use our increased perspective to secure increased power. We have sacrificed wisdom for violence and used a
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Jerry
Since this title has been out of print for a while, it's tough to come by a blurb, so I'll quote one such blurb I was able to find:

"Time Wars: Not since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring has one book tackled a subject of such importance.

A battle is now brewing over our present conception of time. Its outcome will help determine the future of our society in the coming century. On one side are the power-time advocates, who would have us enter a hyperefficient computerized world where time is taken bey...more
Erin
Aug 08, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: CHARLIE
Hmmmm... Yup, horrifying. "Thus, politics began with the first piece of pottery."
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