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Between Two Ages

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334 pages hardcover with unclipped dust jacket, study of international relations by Zbigniew Brzezinski who currently advises President Obama.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 28th 1976 by Penguin Books (first published July 16th 1970)
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Praj
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it


Brzezinskis hope for a technetronic utopia and its Orwellian fear.

In a Jan2012, Foreign Affairs issue, Brzezinski in his essay Balancing the East, Upgrading the West'; stresses on the fact that in order to retain its supreme position the United States need to revitalize itself domestically as well as internationally in order to promote a larger West and bolster a balance in the Eastern hemisphere to accommodate Chinas fiery draconic global status. This is certainly, a far cry from Brzezinkis
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Linda Munro
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
So, this book may have been a bit outdates, but it was quite interesting.

Reading this book for the first time some forty years after it was written makes the reader wonder....'is it possible that this man could foresee the furtre?'

Did this man truly understand that moving away from industrialization into the world of technology would change the world as we know it?

One of the astounding statements is as follows: The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society.
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Bruno Figares
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geopolitics
Insightful would be an understatement
Matt Knouff
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
One must set aside one's own personal beliefs regarding Dr. Brzezinski before reviewing this book. If the rating was for his contributions to foreign policy, it would receive a 1 or 2 star rating, given his influence within the CFR and other councils / commissions, influencing deadly militaristic interventions when diplomacy (or just ignoring the situation) may have been more ethical. I am a mere educator, author / researcher, and software developer, with experience / graduate school education ...more
Doug
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A 50 year old book that predicted a few things, including the New Left and its violent branch of Neo-Totalitarianism. This book is informative, but also quite boring. The author was a little too infatued with failed ideas of post-modernism and Marxism. But this book was published the year after the landing on the moon and the foundation for the Internet was invented, so there probably was a feeling that anything could be done. Maybe he didn't know better. He got it wrong though, like a lot of ...more
Dina
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
He is such a bad writer. What happened to expressing thoughts in clear and concise manner.
Danijel Brestovac
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pg. 7- "Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. . . There are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence."
- Hermann Hesse, steppenwolf


Pg. 12- Speaking of a future at most only decades away, an experimenter in intelligence control asserted, "I foresee the time
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Gary Hardee
Having been made aware of the connection between the author of this book, the then governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter and David Rockefeller by way of a private meeting that just the three of them had, prior to both the founding of the Trilateral Commission, and Jimmy Carter becoming President and then appointing Zbigniew Brzezinski as head of National Security, I thought it might just be an important book to look into!

The Trilateral Commission is labeled a non-governmental, non-partisan discussion
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Peter Podbielski
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read in 1970; reread 45 years later in 2015.
Old versus new; modern versus tradition; urban versus rural;and sacred versus secular are examples of dynamic processes accompanying the history of human evolution. Each involved a more controlled society. Zbig's technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society underscored by a belief that such a society, dominated by a (well-intentioned) elite and unrestrained by traditional values will assert continuous
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Colm Gillis
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is dense but did get progressively better the more it was read. Brzezinski was able to boil down the complexities of geopolitics - not necessarily in an easy manner - but in a way that demonstrated he had thought about the issues at hand. Its written in a realistic manner. He doesnt say what he thinks or what 'ought to be' but how it appears to him & that is the great strength of the book.
Hannes Andreas
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting if somewhat outdated. This book was highly useful for my dissertation.
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Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski was a Polish-American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. Known for his hawkish foreign policy at a time when the Democratic Party was increasingly dovish, he is a foreign policy realist and considered by some to be the Democrats' response to Republican ...more

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