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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (Jan. 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230341977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230341975
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jeremy Rifkin was always ahead of his time. The New Industrial Revolution confirms that the times have caught up with him. It is no longer possible to ignore his vision for the future of humankind. (Calestous Juma, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School)

Jeremy Rifkin argues that green energy and the internet will revolutionize society and the environment...With the European Union already on board, this is a big idea with backbone. (Nature)

"Impeccably argued…a compelling and cogent argument to overhaul our society and economy in favor of a distributed and collaborative model." (Publishers Weekly)

Rifkin connects the two defining technologies of the 21st Century -- the Internet and renewable energies -- giving us a powerful new economic vision for the future. As we look to regrow the economy, generate millions of jobs, and create a sustainable future for our children, the Third Industrial Revolution offers an indispensable roadmap. (Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group)

Mr. Rifkin clearly outlines the challenges facing our global community, and creates a vision for business leaders, government and citizens. (John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Chairman and CEO of Cisco)

The creative thinking of Jeremy Rifkin has been inspiring policy makers and citizens alike. This book shows the key role renewables and modern technologies can play in our transition to a low-carbon economy. (José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission)

This is a remarkable piece of work from one of the foremost thinkers of our time…Rifkin has come up with a visionary and innovative economic development model that ensures the sustainability of our natural resources and ecosystems. (Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

A brilliant new economic paradigm to guide the human journey in the 21st century. Jeremy Rifkin's comprehensive Third Industrial Revolution vision, which is the centerpiece of Rome's long-term economic development plan, provides a blueprint for every city in the world to create a sustainable and prosperous society. (Gianni Alemanno, Mayor of Rome)

More than thought provoking… a call for action to policy makers and business leaders to embrace the opportunity of a society and economy driven by sustainable innovation and powered by renewable and distributed energy. (Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips Lighting)

About the Author

Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of eighteen bestselling books, including The Hydrogen Economy and The End of Work. He has been a guest on Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy. He has also testified before numerous congressional committees, and since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rifkin is chairman of the Global CEO Business Roundtable, which includes IBM, Cisco, Cushman and Wakefield, and has served as an adviser to various global leaders, including Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Angela Merkel of Germany. His monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany, Trud in Bulgaria, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David B on Feb. 2 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for anyone who is seriously concerned about the future for our planet. Jeremy Rifkin, sets out in a clear and easily readably way, why the ecological and economic future is so very bleak if we do nothing to change the state quo. But he goes even further, and lays down the way out by envisioning a whole new way of of obtaining and sharing energy that will get us away from oil dependancy. His vision for a new world is exciting and what is very promising is the fact that there are cities and even a country (Monaco),that are getting started on implementing his ideas.
This is one of the most hopeful books I have read for a long time. The sad news seems to be that the USA is still dragging it's feet in even considering his ideas, although, San Antonio, of all places, has started work on introducing The Third Industrial Revolution to it's people! So perhaps in time, even America will come around.
This book should be compulsory reading for all high school students and politicians of all stripes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug on Nov. 29 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ripkin is a fascinating futurist who doesn't let what is get in the way of what will be or what might be.
He get's it all- Peak Oil, Climate Change, and the bubble economies of the world.
A fascinating read, and really a must read if you want to understand where human civilization is headed in the coming decades.
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By Robert Lozon on May 30 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book a true visionary that needs to sell the world on the new way we the survivors need to be focused and accept the inevitable
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