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A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization

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A Future Perfect is the first comprehensive examination of the most important revolution of our time—globalization—and how it will continue to change our lives. Do businesses benefit from going global? Are we creating winner-take-all societies? Will globalization seal the triumph of junk culture? What will happen to individual careers? Gathering evidence worldwide, from th ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 1998)
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Oct 03, 2012 Grant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

File under "what were they thinking?" IE a good place to start on sussing out what was regarded as the shining city on the hill for the liars, thieves & creeps who charged off the cliff in 2008, thus launching the longest & most intractable recession since the 30s. Either the authors were completely oblivious to the rottenness and rapidly approaching collapse of the worlds financial crime syndicate operations known laughably as banks, or more likely they were blinded by (right wing) ideo
This is one of the better books which introduces globalization for lay readers (i.e. non-specialist). For those with graduate degrees in political science, economics, or related fields there are perhaps "better" books that get into the weeds of global economics, geopolitics, and a connected world. But A Future Perfect is significantly better than much of the other options and its limitations are manageable.
Jun 10, 2007 Evan rated it it was ok
It's hard to make good arguments in a book so short about a topic so broad. This one is at least very well-written, and the authors do occasionally bring new analysis to the debate, but like most (all?) books about globalization, pro or con, it's unsatisfying, and is little more than propaganda with which you can't help but disagree in part or in whole.
Jan 31, 2011 NK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book that I think really goes though how everything is tied together around the world on many different aspects. Totally liked the beginning portion of this book better then the last. This is not a quick read though since it is pretty long but it does make you think.
Oct 08, 2008 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chasing-dollars
I read in business school at the same time as Friedman's "Lexus and Olive Tree." This has some of the same ideas, but is far more thoughtful.
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