An Illustrated Short History of ProgressBook - 2006
Ronald Wright argues that humankind has been repeating the same mistakes over and over. What's more, each time history repeats itself, the price goes up. Starting from the recognized truth that the 20th century's runaway growth in population, consumption, and technology placed a colossal load on all natural systems, Wright demonstrates that this seemingly modern predicament is as old as civilization itself -- a 10,000-year experiment humans have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of human triumph and disaster, he says, can the experiment's inherent dangers be recognized and its outcome altered. In this handsome new edition, illuminating illustrations and sidebars complement Wright's arguments, offering further evidence to support his cautionary tale. His trenchant text evokes striking images across time and space, starting with Paul Gauguin's painting D'O#65533; Venons Nous? Que Sommes Nous? O#65533; Allons Nous? -- Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? -- three questions that perfectly summarize this thought-provoking book.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press ; Scarborough, Ont. : Distributed in Canada by HarperCollins, 2006.
Branch Call Number: 909 W952i
Characteristics: 245 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps.