Anna M. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Endearing, Inspiring, Useful, Rooted in Reality, June 3, 2012
The author asked me if I would review this book, and sent me a PDF version. I’ve just gone through it and it earns a solid five. If you have any doubts, use Amazon’s great Look Inside the Book feature, and read the specifics in the Table of Contents.
It was the table of contents that first impressed me. I’ve been an intelligence professional most of my life, and in the process of getting to 60 years of age, have developed four strategic analytic models that remains best in class today. I also read a lot — across 98 non-fiction categories, with the last 1,800+ books reviewed here at Amazon (and accessible by category at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog).
I say all of that by way of saying that the author’s selection and articulation of the core issues facing humanity — immediately followed by the author’s even more inspired outlining of key values, key behaviors, key perspectives — all with citations interspersed and talking points for parents or mentors or teachers and children — impressed me enormously.
Over 30 books are offered as recommended reading, all of them relevant, one in particular catching my eye: The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature.
My three boys are are 22, 19, and 16, so this book is too late for us, but I enthusiastically recommend it for every parent and every teacher who wishes to fill any child’s mind and heart with the good stuff. Our schools are broken, as are our governments, our banks and corporations, our labor unions, our religions, our non-profits–all have been corrupted and lost their focus on the community and the well-being of humans. This book is a certain antidote. Not complicated, not high-faluting, not posturing, just really down to earth plain speaking very intelligently put together.
Mark Twain would say that the author spent a great deal of time — an enormous amount of intellectual and emotional eneregy — in making this book as concise, inspiring, and useful as it is. The word endearing came to me many times as I read this book.
Absolutely recommended, especially for those parents trapped in an urban environment and an industrial-era job who wonder how they might best prepare their children for the end of the industrial era that our government-banking legalized crime families have looted into collapse. I like this book. It’s part of the solution.
A few other books I recommend that go deeper:
High Noon 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them
A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility–Report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change
Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems
Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World
Designing a World That Works for All: How the Youth of the World are Creating Real-World Solutions for the UN Millenium Development Goals and Beyond
Reflexive Practice: Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World
Redesigning Society (Stanford Business Books)
Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure