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In the waning days of the American empire, we find ourselves mired in political crisis, with our foreign policy coming under sharp criticism and our economy in steep decline. These trends mirror the experience of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the demise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for coming events.

Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapsesuggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation. With characteristic dry humor, Dmitry Orlov identifies three progressive stages of response to the looming crisis:

  • Mitigation-alleviating the impact of the coming upheaval
  • Adaptation-adjusting to the reality of changed conditions
  • Opportunity-flourishing after the collapse

He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage, we can survive, thrive, and discover more meaningful and fulfilling lives, in spite of steadily deteriorating circumstances.

This challenging yet inspiring work is a must-read for anyone concerned about energy, geopolitics, international relations, and life in a post-Peak Oil world.

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Orlov draws comparisons to an American system mired in political crises and the demise of the former Soviet Union. Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, this work suggests there is room for optimism by focusing efforts on personal and cultural transformation.

Synopsis:

What the Soviet experience can teach us about the collapse of the United States.

Synopsis:

The title of this book is Reinventing Collapse, and I have to say that's exactly what this book manages to do. It's a short book, so you could reqad it in just a few hours, but it is packed with information and "make you think" moments. Orlov's unique perpsective on American life engages the reader and opens your eyes to what life in America is like to an outsider.

Without a doubt the most useful aspect of this book are the details of what the situation was like in Russia after their political collapse. This book is a tutorial on how the reader might modify thier life in the future if (or when) America collapses.

Reviewed by Matt Mayer - Groovy Green

In the waning days of the American empire, we find ourselves mired in political crisis, with our foreign policy coming under sharp criticism and our economy in steep decline. These trends mirror the experience of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the demise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for coming events.

Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation. With characteristic dry humor, Dmitry Orlov identifies three progressive stages of response to the looming crisis:

  • Mitigation—alleviating the impact of the coming upheaval
  • Adaptation—adjusting to the reality of changed conditions
  • Opportunity—flourishing after the collapse

He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage, we can survive, thrive, and discover more meaningful and fulfilling lives, in spite of steadily deteriorating circumstances.

This challenging yet inspiring work is a must-read for anyone concerned about energy, geopolitics, international relations, and life in a post-Peak Oil world.

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer and a leading Peak Oil theorist whose writing is featured on such sites as www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net and www.powerswitch.org.uk.

About the Author

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer with a BS in Computer Engineering and an MA in Applied Linguistics.

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Daniel Cook, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by Daniel Cook)
Fascinating read; Mr. Orloff speaks from experience and has a lot of eye-opening stories of how people coped during the Soviet's collapse. He also demonstrates quite convincingly that our American experience is heading down the same road.
This is a fairly short book (I read it in one short night) with a good number of chuckles... the Russian people, of necessity, have a good sense of humor.
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maverick17761784, June 16, 2008 (view all comments by maverick17761784)
I have been reading Dmitry Orolv's works for 2 years now. He is right on about Peak Oil and the devestating impact it will have on the US. Peak Oil is real. He forecast for the future in a US without cheap or abundant oil rings true. He also has a great sense of humor and a lot of common sense.

Neil Lori Common Sense Program Strongly reccomends this book!!!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865716063
Subtitle:
The Soviet Example and American Prospects
Author:
Orlov, Dmitry
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Subject:
American
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Economic forecasting
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Economic forecasting -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080601
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
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General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
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9 x 6 x 0.6 in 9.5 oz

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Product details 176 pages New Society Publishers - English 9780865716063 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Orlov draws comparisons to an American system mired in political crises and the demise of the former Soviet Union. Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, this work suggests there is room for optimism by focusing efforts on personal and cultural transformation.
"Synopsis" by ,
What the Soviet experience can teach us about the collapse of the United States.
"Synopsis" by ,

The title of this book is Reinventing Collapse, and I have to say that's exactly what this book manages to do. It's a short book, so you could reqad it in just a few hours, but it is packed with information and "make you think" moments. Orlov's unique perpsective on American life engages the reader and opens your eyes to what life in America is like to an outsider.

Without a doubt the most useful aspect of this book are the details of what the situation was like in Russia after their political collapse. This book is a tutorial on how the reader might modify thier life in the future if (or when) America collapses.

Reviewed by Matt Mayer - Groovy Green

In the waning days of the American empire, we find ourselves mired in political crisis, with our foreign policy coming under sharp criticism and our economy in steep decline. These trends mirror the experience of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the demise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for coming events.

Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation. With characteristic dry humor, Dmitry Orlov identifies three progressive stages of response to the looming crisis:

  • Mitigation—alleviating the impact of the coming upheaval
  • Adaptation—adjusting to the reality of changed conditions
  • Opportunity—flourishing after the collapse

He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage, we can survive, thrive, and discover more meaningful and fulfilling lives, in spite of steadily deteriorating circumstances.

This challenging yet inspiring work is a must-read for anyone concerned about energy, geopolitics, international relations, and life in a post-Peak Oil world.

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer and a leading Peak Oil theorist whose writing is featured on such sites as www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net and www.powerswitch.org.uk.

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