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Gwynne Dyer is cheering up. Sure, the past decade has had more than its share of stupid wars, obsessions about terrorism, denial about climate change, rapacious turbo-capitalism, and lies, lies, lies. But signs of progress actually do abound. While the world is far from perfect as we embark on a fresh decade, Dyer believes that the "sense of sliding out of control towards ten different kinds of disaster has gone." When things go wrong it’s always easy to pin blame — but singling out the forces that lead to positive change can be trickier.

In this illuminating collection of columns from the last five years, Gwynne Dyer ferrets out the signs of hope — without overlooking the issues that remain seemingly intractable. Mining the events of recent history, Dyer contextualizes the recent past and anticipates what the future might have in store. This journalist’s beat is global: from Africa to South America, from Europe to the Middle East, and any other region with a political pulse.

Acerbic and iconoclastic, Dyer has never been afraid to call ’em like he sees ’em — and we are all the better for his trademark candour and the breadth of his knowledge and expertise. For anyone seeking to understand the larger forces that shape our society and our world, Crawling from the Wreckage makes for necessary reading.

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About the Author

GWYNNE DYER was born in Newfoundland and entered the Canadian navy at seventeen. He has served in the Canadian, British and American navies. He holds a Ph.D. in war studies from the University of London, has taught at Sandhurst and served on the Board of Governors of Canada’s Royal Military College. Dyer writes a syndicated column that appears in more than 150 newspapers around the world. He lives in England with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents



1. Nowhere to Go but Up

2. Afghanistan

3. Climate I

4. Religion I

5. Israel-Palestine I

6. Miscellany I

7. Terrorism I

8. South Asia

9. Iraq I

10. The Post-Soviet Space

11. Iran

12. Africa

13. Oil

14. China

15. How War Works in the Middle East

16. Europe

17. Nukes

18. Of Time and Human Nature

19. Terrorism II

20. The Old Dominions

21. Iraq II

22. Climate II

23. Demography in Action

24. Religion II

25. Latin America

26. Miscellany II

27. Southeast Asia

28. Israel-Palestine II

29. Disaster Politics

30. Japan

31. The International Rule of Law

32. Crawling from the Wreckage



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Dyer, Gwynne
Vintage Books Canada
World History-General
General Social Science
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