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Economic collapse, deadly famine, political upheaval, catastrophic storms, religious fanaticism, lethal plagues, overcrowded cities -- is this what the future holds? The keys to our future, says author and "Time" magazine contributor Eugene Linden, are hidden in plain sight, obscured by the glare of the present and the tyranny of the recent past. Writes Linden: "We will kn
Published August 13th 1998 by Simon & Schuster
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Interesting book considering I read it almost fifteen years after it was published. It made some great predictions that remained mostly true based on information he proposed. I just didn't like how he was rather pompous in declaring himself able to foresee the near future based on certain patterns that are otherwise insignificant. I think if there are any predictions he makes that manifest in the general ballpark of what has actually happened, they're are merely consequential and not necessarily ...more
Paul Brent
Written in 1997, it was interesting to see how he had predicted where we are today while predicting a major terrorist attack and a financial meltdown in the US, the author missed many of the details. He does give a list of very worrisome clues to impending crises from the financial side of the consumer society, population over load and environmental havoc caused by humans and their lack of understanding for how our world operates. A thought provoking book basically leaving the reader with signif ...more
Sep 23, 2007 Nathan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alarmists.
Shelves: science
That this book was published before everyone went crazy for Y2K, and that it properly downplays Y2K worries, lends a bit of credibility to some of the other predictions in the book. At least you know that Eugene Linden isn't coming from an alarmist perspective. The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming Instability examines a possibility of a period of global chaos, and looks at nine potentially threatening things on the horizon that might lead to such a period. Be it a disproportionate ...more
David Vanness
I found it just confirmed that history does and will repeat itself. Especially for the fool who reads and understands not.
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