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From the Publisher
From the author of the #1 bestselling and Governor General's
Literary Award-winning The Ingenuity Gap - an
essential addition to the bookshelf of every thinking person with a
stake in our world and our civilization.
This is a groundbreaking, essential book for our times. Thomas
Homer-Dixon brings to bear his formidable understanding of the
urgent problems that confront our world to clarify their scope and
deep causes. The Upside of Down provides a vivid
picture of the immense stresses that are simultaneously converging
on our societies and threatening a breakdown that would profoundly
shake civilization. It shows, too, how we can choose a better route
into the future.
With the immediacy that characterized his award-winning
international bestseller, The Ingenuity Gap,
Homer-Dixon takes us on a remarkable journey - from the fall of the
Roman empire to the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in New York,
from Toronto in the 2003 blackout to the ancient temples of Lebanon
and the wildfires of California. Incorporating the newest findings
from an astonishing array of disciplines, he argues that the great
stresses our world is experiencing - global warming, energy
scarcity, population imbalances, and widening gaps between rich and
poor - can't be looked at independently. As these stresses combine
and converge, the risk of breakdown rises. The first signs are
appearing in the wastelands of the Arctic, the mud-clogged streets
of Gonaïves, Haiti, and the volatile regions of the Middle East and
Asia. But while the consequences of denial in our more perilous
world are dire, Homer-Dixon makes clear that we can use our
emerging understanding of the complex systems in which we live to
avoid catastrophic collapse in a way the Roman empire could not.
This vitally important new book shows how, in the face of
breakdown, we can still provide for the renewal of our global
civilization. We are creating the conditions for catastrophe, but
by understanding the underlying principles that make human and
natural systems resilient - and by working together to put those
principles into effect - we can still limit the severity of
collapse and foster regeneration, innovation, and renewal.