The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History's grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions made to stem a financial crisis guarantee its worsening. Environmental strategies to protect species lead to their extinction.
The traditional physics of power has been replaced by something radically different. In The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo puts forth a revelatory new model for understanding our dangerously unpredictable world. Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, psychology, immunology, and the science of networks, he describes a new landscape of inherent unpredictability--and remarkable, wonderful possibility.
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Starting with one of the largest surveys ever of China’s image around the world, Brand China isolates and explains the profound image problems China faces. The paper discusses not only China’s difficulties in explaining herself to other countries, but also a peculiar and dangerous gulf between China’s image of herself and the rest of the world’s image of China. While this is a problem only China can solve, Ramo offers ideas about how both Westerners and China might look in fresh ways at a country whose contradictions defy easy classification.
The Beijing Consensus
Based on more than 100 interviews with Chinese officials, scholars and businesspeople, The Beijing Consensus offers a new look at what China has accomplished in 30 years of reform and the complex puzzles that lie ahead. Ramo’s analysis shows how the country’s emergence is unique in history, while highlighting the challenges China’s rapid rate of change poses for both Chinese and the rest of the world.
First published by the Foreign Policy Centre in London, it has been widely circulated in both English and Chinese, and has been the subject of numerous academic conferences in China and abroad.
No Visible Horizon: Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Sport
Ramo is an aerobatic flyer, and his book chronicles his experiences from first learning how to pilot a small plane to his trips around the world competing in this sport. Although he describes his feelings-fear, nausea, dizziness, near blindness from the sudden movements-in great detail, Ramo also explores the accomplishments of other pilots, including some of their last flights. One of the more poignant anecdotes involves the death of the husband of a female pilot whom Ramo had introduced to his father. Ramo thought the woman could reassure his father about the safety of the planes: "Julie explained to my father what made the sport safe. She told him how, by paying such careful attention to our planes, we tried to remove as much of the risk as possible.... My good, sensitive father was reduced to tears, thinking of Julie's lost happiness."
(Source: Publishers Weekly)
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