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Brave New World Revisited [Paperback]

Aldous Huxley
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Jan. 12 1989

When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future.

Here, in one of the most important and fascinating books of his career, Aldous Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy. He scrutinizes threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. Brave New World Revisited is a trenchant plea that humankind should educate itself for freedom before it is too late.


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“One of the most important books to have been published since the war.”
—Daily Telegraph

“Such ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression, Huxley’s resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed.”
—The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future -- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

Following Brave New World is the nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958. It is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dictatorial Happiness Feb. 27 2004
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I would like to keep this short. We all know what the book is about: the bankruptcy of the individual. It's just that most people seem to miss a point: the society depicted in this book is obsessed with being happy and banning every form of discomfort out of their lives. Now there are certain people in this novel who rise up against this society but, I think, their motives are misunderstood: most people seem to think these dissenters are fighting for the right to be free so they can be happy in their own individual way. Actually they are fighting for the right to be unhappy, to suffer. For the greatest freedom you can enjoy as an individual is the right to be your miserable self.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is it called Brave New World REVISITED? Aug. 10 2004
By A Customer
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After much confusion I determined to look at this copy and find out why it has Revisited in the title. I found that the there was a Forward with Huxley's personal reflections and he considers this novel and what he might change if he re-wrote it. Other than that, I can not see the difference between this and the original.
I hope that helps. Happy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One helluva dystopian novel Oct. 26 2013
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Warning: The English in this book will be tough to digest if you were born after the 1980's. No survey on dystopian fiction is complete without Huxley's special variation on the theme
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future Jan. 12 2013
By David M. Goldberg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Much of the comment about this classic look into the crystal ball concerns its place in literature alongside its rival masterpiece, 1984. The first is a picaresque satire, playful and humorous in parts, despite the seriousness of its underlying message. It optimistically describes a world where everybody is happy, or ought to be. The second is a bleak political polemic of a world where everybody suffers, with no plausible end in sight. Each is the product of its time, but the times were separated not merely by three decades; three major dictators ----- Hitler, Stalin and Mau ----- as well as many minor ones changed our world during these years. It is therefore a clever stroke to have had Margaret Atwood, herself no slouch at crystal gazing, write a perceptive foreword in which she compares the accuracy and impact of these two powerful literary prophesies. At the end, the process is taken up by Huxley himself who presents an illuminating balance sheet of wins and losses in his revisitation of the world he himself had constructed. He has every right to pat himself on the back. He accurately saw the demise of religion and morality and their replacement by unlimited self-indulgence as the direction in which his world was “progressing”. The conversion of all humanity into the plaything of Big Government is so tellingly depicted that I find it surprising that his book has not yet replaced Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as the official New Testament of the Republican Tea Party. The one thing that neither he or Orwell foresaw was the electronic revolution, the seed of its own destruction that Capitalism, like all ideologies, ultimately created. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars They don't get much better than this! Aug. 20 2001
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You *MUST* read this book!
Huxley wrote a masterpiece of a book in "Brave New World". "Brave New World Revisited" is a fantastic critical analysis of "BNW", how it differs with Orwell's "1984", and the world as Huxley saw it some 30 after the book debuted. His commentary and social criticism cut deep, and this cautionary tale is perhaps more applicable today than it has ever been (as evidenced in George W. Bush's reference to "BNW" in his speech concerning government funding of stem cell research).
This surely is an important book.
The amazing thing is, though, that even as such, it is a thrill to read. The dialogue is snappy, the narration rich, and the scenarios hilarious and frightening -- often at the same time. This is SF at its best. This is SF as literature.
I cannot sing the praises of "BNW" highly enough. I will waste no more of your time talking about it -- use it to read this book instead!
Recommended for: Everyone (even those who don't normally read SF)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 9 2002
By A Customer
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Aldous Huxley brings up a lot of interesting points about our society. He also conveys some realistic visions for the future. It is not outdated at all. Only some of the facts, and its scary because a lot of his predictions came true faster than he guess. The main thing i noticed was his prediction of the world population. It is really out of control and is growing exponentially. If you look at graphs on websites of world population it honestly looks like a backward .L. anyways, its a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work March 13 2002
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This book is a terrefic piece of work and it always amazes me when I think that this book was written nearly 70 years ago. If you do not fear Big Brother, Genetics, and other such things you will after you read this.
I was forced into reading this in High School...and thank God I was. This is an absolutely amazing piece of classic writing that seems frighteningly close to the not so distant furture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A historial look at the current world Nov. 15 2001
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Although this book was written over 40 years ago, and is a reflection on a book written over 60 years ago the issues it covers are surprisingly relevant in today's society. Throughout the book Huxley contrasts his work with George Orwell's 1984, and the (then) state of the post WW2 world and current scientific discovery. Covering issues such as overpopulation, propaganda, the art of selling and brainwashing as well as drugs and political control he gives prescient warnings to the reader. My personal favourite chapter, The Art of Selling is an excellent analysis of the (then) new art of marketing. The final chapter though, is a call to activism through education of the people. The book is very accessible, and if you have not read Brave New World, you will not be at a disadvantage. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a historical perspective to today's issues.
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