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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (July 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716063
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doug on May 14 2013
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I have read the book and followed Dmitry ever since.

No he is not an 'expert' and thank God for that. Because he is not burdened by being an 'expert', something we have far too many of in our society, he delivers an exceptionally clear and concise breakdown of the USSR and the US similarities. He is an engineer. So he can break things down and view it from a clear sequential perspective.

Look for Orlov's work to become more and more popular as the mass psychosis of entitlement washes away from the minds of the masses while the collapse increases its momentum.

Cheers
dh
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schmeps on Feb. 24 2009
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Very interesting essay novel. My only concern with it is that Dmitry Orlov is so persuasive I was convinced by the end of the novel that our society is to collapse any minute. I highly recommend this book, though warn readers it is intensely depressing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By norbu lama on April 13 2013
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i am reviewing after sometime but i must say it was a wonderful book and i got the shipment in good time...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Sanderson on March 16 2011
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At the beginning of his book, Dmitry Orlov states that he is neither a scholar, nor an expert, nor an activist. What is he? He's just a guy that traveled through Russia during the Cold War, and decided to write a book comparing two very separate and complicated things -- the collapse of a communist state and the perceived, eventual collapse of a capitalist one. So why read a book by someone that begins with a preamble admitting to his lack of expertise? Good question.

Mr. Orlov uses very simple comparative analysis to link the two super powers -- consumer goods production, food production, militarism, etc., while failing to enter into any true depth to explain these connections and present his arguments in an actually convincing fashion. He somehow links the environmental disaster of Chernobyl to the "killer hurricanes" of Hurricane Katrina. Besides there having been only one hurricane, not plural, he fails to adequately and convincingly explain how they are possibly linked beyond both affecting on different levels the environment. He also resorts to the sci-fi warning of the 1980s of the perhaps eventual institutionalization of uniform wearing in the United States as the result of a corporate run government. This is all very old hat.

In the end, although short, the book does not present anything new, and with the majority of it being old, it doesn't present any of it in a refreshing manner. Many of the facts presented are completely incorrect -- Mr. Orlov claims global warming will cause the spawning of multiple killer hurricanes, when, in fact, the leading theory presented by the IPCC is that global warming will not generate more hurricanes than normal, but instead will exacerbate their intensity.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Walter on April 19 2010
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I was very disappointed with this book.

Like the author, I believe that North American society is approaching collapse. I purchased this book in order to learn the author's recommendations, based on the lessons learned from experience of the former Soviet Union, on how the collapse will likely occur and how best to prepare for it. Unfortunately, such recommendations were seriously lacking. The author's limited recommendations include: buying condoms, stop bathing and wearing shoes, give away all your possessions, make friends, get rid of your car, etc. In his conclusion he summarizes his personal preparation plans for his predicted collapse on page 159 as follows: "Well, I am not sure. But I do wish to share this: I certainly do not plan to be trapped by any one plan." Absolutely asinine.

If you are looking for another reason to love environmentalism, big government, secularism, etc. and to hate the USA, religion, corporations, and technology then this is the book for you. If you want evidence to support the coming collapse of North American society then you will find some of that in this book. However, if you want information on how the collapse will likely occur and many solid recommendations of how to prepare then I strongly encourage you to read James Wesley Rawles' books "Patriots" and "How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times."
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