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Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure

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In Beyond Civilization, Daniel Quinn thinks the unthinkable. We all know there's no one right way to build a bicycle, no one right way to design an automobile, no one right way to make a pair of shoes, but we're convinced that there must be only one right way to live — and the one we have is it, no matter what.

Beyond Civilization makes practical sense of the vision of Daniel Quinn's best-selling novel Ishmael. Examining ancient civilizations such as the Maya and the Olmec, as well as modern-day microcosms of alternative living like circus societies, Quinn guides us on a quest for a new model for society, one that is forward-thinking and encourages diversity instead of suppressing it. Beyond Civilization is not about a "New World Order" but a "New Personal World Order" that would allow people to assert control over their own destiny and grant them the freedom to create their own way of life right now — not in some distant utopian future.

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In the first work of nonfiction to build on the ideas behind his bestselling "Ishmael" books, Quinn argues that, if humanity is to survive, we must move beyond the exploitation of the planet, other species, and other human beings that is fundamental to our concept of civilization.

About the Author

DANIEL QUINN is the award-winning author of Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael. His Web site address is www.ishmael.org. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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711peterhoffman, December 27, 2013 (view all comments by 711peterhoffman)
This book was life changing for me. Whether you have read any of Daniel Quinn's other work or not this book is a perfect summary of his core message. You won't look at your life the same way after reading this book.
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cynthiak, December 18, 2008 (view all comments by cynthiak)
I disagree that Daniel is wandering around in this book. I read Ishmael recently and then carefully chose this book from amongst his many offerings as a follow-up and his story-telling makes complete sense to me. I get the impression that this is a human who came to deliver a message to other humans and I'm very interested.

Unlike typical books that attempt to make a case, however, both Ishmael and Beyond Civilization don't state their case and then attempt to prove it, but instead build the case slowly and left me wondering what the next page would reveal.

I've always wondered about the idea of human dominance and the idea that as screwed up as we (humans) are, we're as good as we can get. In both books he examines that idea and more.

I believe there is something beyond civilization and that isn't a world that is worse, one of deprivation and boredom, but one that is much, much better than the one that we've come to accept.
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aunt dracula, October 22, 2008 (view all comments by aunt dracula)
This was an interesting, if somewhat scattered book. Quinn covers a lot of different topics, and makes some leaps of logic that are highly suspect. Nonetheless, he brings up some ideas that are definitely worth examination.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780609805367
Author:
Quinn, Daniel
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Social ecology
Subject:
Sociology-Future Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
106-484
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.02x5.26x.46 in. .35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the first work of nonfiction to build on the ideas behind his bestselling "Ishmael" books, Quinn argues that, if humanity is to survive, we must move beyond the exploitation of the planet, other species, and other human beings that is fundamental to our concept of civilization.
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