on March 11, 2008
I have a European background and I am also currently living in North America for a while, so I can say that I have a good understanding of lifestyle and economy in both worlds.
This book is so accurate and shows what many actually feel but cannot explain or find the reasons for. Indeed Europe is specialized in quality of life while North America has been dominated by the love for material goods and that has greatly affected the core values of the human spirit and the sustainability of future generations. The book is supporting with statistics data all topics presented and it is not just a theoretical or philosophical point of view, it shows the reality.
This book is good for those who have had the chance of understanding the European culture and lifestyle and want to make a comparison to their current lifestyle in North America.
Also highly recommended for those who are willing to understand how today world is changing. It is a great insight view for the North American people who didn't have the chance or time to know other cultures and ways of life and actually make a comparison that can only drive to positive changes in their life.
After reading the book it happened to see Jeremy Rifkin in some TV interviews on other topics and I have been greatly impressed by his background and economical expertise.
on January 10, 2005
It's a contemporary review and comparison of European / American culture, social issues, political goals, all embedded in a historical context. One of the book's best traits is the objective approach and the thorough knowledge the author shares with the reader. Issues described are not mere theories but rather facts backed up by numbers and statistics.
Recommended to everyone who would like to get a better insight and understanding of today's globalizing world.
on May 1, 2006
The book might have made an interesting magazine article. Rifkin obviously mistakes quantity for quality and has padded the book with tiresome and verbose repetition to 385 extremely badly written pages. It dismays me that a man capable of such slovenly English usage is advising, so we are told, heads of state and world leaders; one can only hope that he thinks and speaks much more coherently than he writes. The book is a sad commentary on the state of publishing today; the editor is as guilty of careless, sloppy work as the writer.