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"Reading this book is a lot like watching the preview of a new action movie: one rapid-fire, fragmentary scene after another, loud, flashy, logically unconnected to the one that came before or the one that comes after. It is very exciting, but when it is over you have no clear idea what the movie is actually about." Robert M. Solow, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Publisher Comments:

Starting with the publication of their seminal bestseller, Future Shock, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have given millions of readers new ways to think about personal life in today's high-speed world with its constantly changing, seemingly random impacts on our businesses, governments, families and daily lives. Now, writing with the same rare grasp and clarity that made their earlier books classics, the Tofflers turn their attention to the revolution in wealth now sweeping the planet. And once again, they provide a penetrating, coherent way to make sense of the seemingly senseless.

Revolutionary Wealth is about how tomorrow's wealth will be created, and who will get it and how. But twenty-first-century wealth, according to the Tofflers, is not just about money, and cannot be understood in terms of industrial-age economics. Thus they write here about everything from education and child rearing to Hollywood and China, from everyday truth and misconceptions to what they call our "third job" — the unnoticed work we do without pay for some of the biggest corporations in our country.

They show the hidden connections between extreme sports, chocolate chip cookies, Linux software and the "surplus complexity" in our lives as society wobbles back and forth between depressing decadence and a hopeful post-decadence.

In their earlier work, the Tofflers coined the word "prosumer" for people who consume what they themselves produce. In Revolutionary Wealth they expand the concept to reveal how many of our activities — whether parenting or volunteering, blogging, painting our house, improving our diet, organizing a neighborhood council or even "mashing" music — pump "free lunch" from the "hidden" non-money economy into the money economy that economists track. Prosuming, they forecast, is about to explode and compel radical changes in the way we measure, make and manipulate wealth.

Blazing with fresh ideas, Revolutionary Wealth provides readers with powerful new tools for thinking about — and preparing for — their future.

Review:

"This latest futurist forecast by the Tofflers, the husband-and-wife authors of Future Shock, anxiously surveys hundreds of technological, economic and social developments, including globalization, the rise of China, the decay of Europe, the decline of nuclear families, kids today, satellites, genetic engineering, alternative energy sources, frequent-flyer miles, the Internet and the rise of a new economic group, 'prosumers' (those who create goods and services 'for [their] own use or satisfaction, rather than for sale or exchange'). Above all, the authors note the ever-accelerating speed and transience of all things such that nanoseconds are now too slow and will be replaced by even zippier 'zeptoseconds.' The Tofflers try, none too incisively, to order the chaos by invoking the 'deep fundamentals' of time, space and the cutting-edge 'knowledge economy' that is fast outdistancing obsolete industrial-era government institutions. The Tofflers' mantra of 'revolutionary wealth' implies that there's money to be made from the maelstrom, but their specific prognostications — the 'explosion' of a nonmonetary 'prosumer' economy of family care, hobbies and volunteerism; embedded 'pinky chips' combining ID and credit cards; the comeback of barter — seem underwhelming or unlikely. 200,000 first printing" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"If we were living through a great economic revolution, would we know it? It's easy to get carried away, after all. Herman Kahn and Anthony Wiener of the Hudson Institute predicted in 1967 — in a carefully researched publication — that by 2000 we would have undersea colonies, personal flying platforms and cities lit by artificial moons.

Futurology has its perils, but it holds no terrors... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Brilliant, incisive, and seminal, this book will be talked about for years to come. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Toffler's pessimism has certainly tempered in the years since Future Shock; this time the authors take a historical perspective and wax philosophical on this little slice in time we call the twenty-first century." Booklist

Review:

"[The Tofflers] argue convincingly that we are on the verge of a post-scarcity world that will slash poverty and 'unlock countless opportunities and new life trajectories,' at least if we avoid the rapidly escalating risks to such progress." Nick Gillespie, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Bursting with practical ideas about when, where, and how America and the world are changing, "Revolutionary Wealth" provides a clear, coherent framework that gives readers powerful tools for thinking about--and preparing for--what the Tofflers call the most massive, most creative, fastest expansion of the money economy in human history.

About the Author

Alvin and Heidi Toffler's other books include The Third Wave, Powershift, The Culture Consumers, War and Anti-War, and Creating a New Civilization. The authors are founders of Toffler Associates, advisers to companies and governments worldwide on advances in economics, technology and social change. In France, where the Tofflers' work has won the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, Alvin Toffler has been named an Offcier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Heidi Toffler holds multiple honorary doctorates in law and letters and has been awarded the medal of the President of the Italian Republic for her contributions to social thought. Their monthly column appears in major newspapers around the world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375401749
Author:
Toffler, Alvin
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler
Author:
Toffler, Heidi
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Wealth
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
General Current Events
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060425
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.32x6.60x1.58 in. 1.84 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This latest futurist forecast by the Tofflers, the husband-and-wife authors of Future Shock, anxiously surveys hundreds of technological, economic and social developments, including globalization, the rise of China, the decay of Europe, the decline of nuclear families, kids today, satellites, genetic engineering, alternative energy sources, frequent-flyer miles, the Internet and the rise of a new economic group, 'prosumers' (those who create goods and services 'for [their] own use or satisfaction, rather than for sale or exchange'). Above all, the authors note the ever-accelerating speed and transience of all things such that nanoseconds are now too slow and will be replaced by even zippier 'zeptoseconds.' The Tofflers try, none too incisively, to order the chaos by invoking the 'deep fundamentals' of time, space and the cutting-edge 'knowledge economy' that is fast outdistancing obsolete industrial-era government institutions. The Tofflers' mantra of 'revolutionary wealth' implies that there's money to be made from the maelstrom, but their specific prognostications — the 'explosion' of a nonmonetary 'prosumer' economy of family care, hobbies and volunteerism; embedded 'pinky chips' combining ID and credit cards; the comeback of barter — seem underwhelming or unlikely. 200,000 first printing" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Reading this book is a lot like watching the preview of a new action movie: one rapid-fire, fragmentary scene after another, loud, flashy, logically unconnected to the one that came before or the one that comes after. It is very exciting, but when it is over you have no clear idea what the movie is actually about." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Brilliant, incisive, and seminal, this book will be talked about for years to come. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Toffler's pessimism has certainly tempered in the years since Future Shock; this time the authors take a historical perspective and wax philosophical on this little slice in time we call the twenty-first century."
"Review" by , "[The Tofflers] argue convincingly that we are on the verge of a post-scarcity world that will slash poverty and 'unlock countless opportunities and new life trajectories,' at least if we avoid the rapidly escalating risks to such progress."
"Synopsis" by , Bursting with practical ideas about when, where, and how America and the world are changing, "Revolutionary Wealth" provides a clear, coherent framework that gives readers powerful tools for thinking about--and preparing for--what the Tofflers call the most massive, most creative, fastest expansion of the money economy in human history.
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