Future Shock

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Random House, 1970 - Social Science - 561 pages
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"The best study of our times that I know. . . . Of all the books that I have read in the last 20 years, it is by far the one that has taught me the most."--Le Figaro

Future Shock is about the present. Future Shock is about what is happening today to people and groups who are overwhelmed by change. Change affects our products, communities, organizations--even our patterns of friendship and love.

Future Shock vividly describes the emerging global civilization: tomorrow's family life, the rise of new businesses, subcultures, life-styles, and human relationships--all of them temporary.

Future Shock illuminates the world of tomorrow by exploding countless clich s about today.

Future Shock will intrigue, provoke, frighten, encourage, and, above all, change everyone who reads it.

Praise for Future Shock

"Explosive . . . brilliantly formulated."--The Wall Street Journal

"A spectacular outcrop of a formidable, organized intellectual effort."--Manchester Guardian

"Revealing, exciting, encouraging, brilliant."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Immensely readable."--Newsweek

"Alvin Toffler has sent something of a shock-wave through Western society."--London Daily Express

"To the elite . . . who often get committed to age-old institutions or material goals alone, let Toffler's Future Shock be a lesson and a warning."--The Times of India

 

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

If Alvin Toffler had authored this book in 2020, I may have dismissed this as a rant, and there are many people these days who are ranting about things like social media with all its attendant ... Read full review

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User Review  - mitchanderson - LibraryThing

Ignore the year of publication and rest assured — you’re sure to learn something of interest from Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. Outside of a few dated terms, much of what Toffler speaks to — the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE 800TH LIFETIME
9
THE ACCELERATIVE TERUST
19
THE PACE OF LIFE
36
THE THROWAWAY
51
THE NEW NOMADS
74
THE MODULAR MAN
95
THE COMING
124
THE ORIGINS OF OVERCHOICE 283
263
A SURFEIT OF SUBCULTS
284
A DIVERSITY OF LIFE STYLES
303
THE PHYSICAL
325
COPING WITH TOMORROW
371
EDUCATION IN THE FUTURE
398
TAMING TECHNOLOGY
428
THE STRATEGY OF SOCIAL
446

THE KINETIC
152
TEE SCIENTIFIC TRAJECTORY
185
THE EXPERIENCE MAKERS
219
THE FRACTURED FAMILY
238
Acknowledgments
488
Bibliography
522
Index
541
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Alvin Toffler (1928-2016) was an American writer and futurist whose list of bestselling books includes Future Shock, The Third Wave, and Powershift. He was a cofounder of Toffler Associates, a consulting firm for companies and governments worldwide on advances in economics, technology, and social change. In France, where his work won the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize), Alvin was named an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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