The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler
New York : William Morrow and Company, 1980. Signed by Alvin Toffler. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 544 pages ; 25 cm. $14.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. The word "De-massification" written on top of the author signature located at the front free endpaper. No other markings elsewhere within book. Binding is firm.
THE THIRD WAVE
In The Third Wave, Alvin Toffler, author of the landmark work Future Shock, has written another explosive book that will dramatically alter the way we view ourselves and the world around us.
The Third Wave moves across an astonishing range of material. It explores such diverse subjects as the gyrating economy, the personality of the future, "blip culture," the post-nuclear family, the "electronic cottage," the crack-up of the nation-state, and the shift from the obsolete politics of today to twenty-first-century democracy. The result is a stunning synthesis that will shatter our deepest assumptions.
Today we are viewing the impact of the third tidal wave of change in history (the first was launched by the agricultural revolution, the second by the industrial revolution). The Third Wave is creating a new civilization in our midst with its own jobs, lifestyles, work ethic, sexual attitudes, concepts of life, its own economic structures and political mindsets. This Third Wave civilization is challenging the power elites in both capitalist and socialist societies. The collision between the defenders of Second Wave civilization and the advocates of the Third Wave has become the single most important political confrontation of our time: the super-struggle for the future.
The Third Wave is more than an illumination of tomorrow. It provides a brilliant analysis of the forces that are creating our new civilization. It shows how all of us can make a peaceful transition to a new, saner, wiser, and more democratic society. Startling in conception, written with extraordinary clarity and perception, The Third Wave prepares us to cope with a future that is already here.
About the Author:
Alvin Toffler is the author of the celebrated work Future Shock, which had a profound impact on our thinking about social change. Mr. Toffler was a Washington correspondent before joining Fortune magazine as an associate editor. Later he served briefly as a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and taught courses at the New School for Social Research. The author of four books and countless articles for magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals, he holds five honorary degrees in letters, law, and science.
Mr. Toffler is married and has a grown daughter. He works closely with his wife, Heidi, who participates in his research and editing, and accompanies him on his speaking tours. They live in Connecticut.
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