There are signs the recession is about to end. So what comes next? Growth will resume. But economic uncertainty will worsen, making what comes next not just a boom but a nerve-shattering SONIC BOOM.
Gregg Easterbrook - who "writes nothing that is not brilliant" ("Chicago Tribune") - is a fount of unconventional wisdom, and over time, he is almost always proven right. Throughout 2008 and 2009, as the global economy was contracting and the experts were panicking, Easterbrook worked on a book saying prosperity is about to make its next big leap. Will he be right again?
SONIC BOOM: Globalization at Mach Speed presents three basic insights. First, if you don't like globalization, brace yourself, because globalization has barely started. Easterbrook contends the world is about to become "far "more globally linked. Second, the next wave of global change will be primarily positive: economic prosperity, knowledge and freedom will increase more in the next 50 years than in all of human history to this point. But before you celebrate, Easterbrook further warns that the next phase of global change is going to drive us crazy. Most things will be good for most people - but nothing will seem certain for anyone.
Each SONIC BOOM chapter is based on examples of cities around the world - in the United States, Europe, Russia, China, South America - that represent a significant Sonic Boom trend. With a terrific sense of humor, pitch-perfect reporting and clear, elegant prose, Easterbrook explains why economic recovery is on the horizon but why the next phase of global change will also give everyone one hell of a headache. "Forbes" calls Easterbrook "the best writer on complex topics in the United States" and SONIC BOOM will show you why.
"From the Hardcover edition."
"The business book you must read."--Eric Schmidt, chairman/CEO of Google Inc.
"A pleasure to read and a valuable corrective to the gloom that currently envelops us."--The Wall Street Journal
"If you read Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat, you must read Sonic Boom, because this book is the next step."--Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-founder of Marginal Revolution
"Easterbrook [is] always a writer worth reading. . . . He rarely fails to surprise."--Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] new set of thought-provoking observations and forecasts on things economic, political and cultural."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Refreshing . . . more about boom and less about gloom and doom."--Associated Press
"Sonic Boom is the thinking person's Future Shock."--Carl Schramm, president, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
|Introduction: A Trailer for the Docudrama of the Twenty-first Century||p. xi|
|Chippewa Falls||p. 126|
|Los Angeles||p. 172|
|São José dos Campos||p. 189|
|Your Town||p. 207|
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Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 11th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.4
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1