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    DescriptionEach time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. The twentieth century--a time of unprecedented progress--has produced a tremendous strain on the very elements that comprise life itself: This raises the key question of the twenty-first century: How much longer can this go on? With wit and erudition, Ronald Wright lays out a-convincing case that history has always provided an answer, whether we care to notice or not. From Neanderthal man to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, A Short History of Progress dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's development and demise, the 10,000-year old experiment that we've unleashed but have yet to control. It is Wright's contention that only by understanding and ultimately breaking from the patterns of progress and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we avoid the onset of a new Dark Age. Wright illustrates how various cultures throughout history have literally manufactured their own end by producing an overabundance of innovation and stripping bare the very elements that allowed them to initially advance. Wright's book is brilliant; a fascinating rumination on the hubris at the heart of human development and the pitfalls we still may have time to avoid.


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    Title
    A Short History of Progress
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ronald Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 140 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780786715473
    ISBN 10: 0786715472
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    B&T Approval Code: A31306000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    B&T Approval Code: A33120000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, HIS039000
    DC22: 303.4409
    DC21: 303.4409
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 303.44/09
    LC classification: CB151 .W75 2005
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Edition statement
    Carroll & Graf.
    Publisher
    Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc
    Publication date
    17 March 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York