"Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan challenges us to grapple with the meaning of history and how it could lead to the improvement of the human condition. This book presents his views on how a sustainable history based on human dignity could be achieved. In his opinion, this requires good governance, based on "reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency, justice, opportunity, innovation and inclusiveness." I agree, and I hope that the path laid out in this book attracts many followers." -- President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States "No-one seeking to understand the modern condition can afford to ignore Dr. Al-Rodhan's inspiring book, a profound analysis of the core values around which effective global governance can be built and sustained." -- Lord Anthony Giddens, House of Lords, Former President of the London School of Economics, UK"This book is an exceptionally wide-ranging examination of past and present approaches to the securing of a qualitatively adequate social life on the planet. The need for intercultural dialogue is pressing and stated as a matter of urgency in the text. That argument is well-presented and it is helpfully accompanied by a large amount of empirical evidence. The book is also a strong and ethically attractive humanist statement about the value of human interaction that incorporates a vision of mutual respect based on a mixture of scientific arguments and normative aspirations. Those features are very impressive." -- Professor Michael Freeden, Professor of Politics, Director of the Centre for Political Ideologies, Professorial Fellow, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.