As a sought-after speaker, coach, and mindfulness teacher across the globe, Laurie Cameron offers a richly poetic perspective on anchoring our days to what matters in order to increase joy and alleviate suffering. He works every day to align himself, his coworkers, and the company with a deeper understanding of human needs. Valuing our cultural creations is a balancing act that requires wisdom and courage.
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It's quite annoying when the only types of atrocities the writer condemns are the ones done by communists, while others, such as the purges in Indonesia, are barely mentioned. Another thing I didn't like were the last few chapters where the author switches from warfare and economics to psychology of the masses.
The chapters about the American middle class and the battle of the sexes are A great book, not without its weaknesses, especially in the second half with the endless anticommunist ravings. The chapters about the American middle class and the battle of the sexes are downright ridiculous. There is a small part where the corruption of American youth is attributed to corrupt literature featuring necrophilia and coprophilia. This kind of moralizing does nothing but damage the writer's credibility.
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The best parts are those that concern the first half of the twentieth century. There is also a very amusing chapter that takes the piss on the Krauts, but on the other hand, the author refuses to write similar chapters for the Americans and British. This pro Anglo-American stance eventually becomes annoying.
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Dec 21, Monica Perez rated it it was amazing Shelves: recommended-nonfiction. This is THE book that explains the grand conspiracy. I don't normally go for the intellectual over analysis of social phenomena, but this book is actually a fascinating, comprehensive overview of a history in our time as the subtitle promises. But what made this book famous - or infamous - is how this establishment insider, Georgetown professor Carroll Quigley, tells all about the conspiracy to establish the second coming of the British Empire, albeit under the radar. Quigley names names, dates, This is THE book that explains the grand conspiracy.
The author had full access to archives of the most sensitive nature and was excoriated for this expose, but he thought a One World Government would be a good thing and wanted to bring its heroes out into the sun. I plan to read it twice. May 12, Bob Bingham rated it it was ok. Frankly, a disappointing book.
For all its bulk and the hype surrounding it, this is definitely not an insider's look at how the "Eastern Establishment" operates. Rather, it is one professor's rather slanted interpretation of world history from about through Professor Quigley ran out of invectives to hurl at Joe McCarthy, but utters barely a whisper about Harry Hopkins close adviser to FDR and other players who likely had more long term influence and did more damage than McCarthy. For a sound, objective look at history and economics, go to books by Murray Rothbard.
Apr 08, Veronica rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , history. This is a massive beast of a book covering world history from roughly early 19th century through the early 's. Though I had to force myself to focus by setting a minimum page requirement to read per day, it was very interesting and I learned a lot, broadening my knowledge base on certain subjects and revealing my near complete lack of knowledge on others, one of which is economics.
Hard work to get through, but worth it. Mar 07, Mad Russian the Traveller marked it as to-read. I just added this to my "to read" list, however stuff like the following may cause me to have some disagreement with this book: "while the Right follows the Manichaean doctrine imported into Christianity by Saint Augustine evil is a positive force, and man needs strong external discipline to protect him from it ".
Dec 07, Jerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: top-shelf-books , relearning-history. Quigley taught at Georgetown, after a long career that involved him behind the scenes in international bidniss. His perspective is often financial, but his insights are crisp and amazing. This book changed my perspective on history in some interesting ways. Oh, one of his students was a young Bill Clinton. Aug 27, Jay D rated it liked it. I have 8 lectures on the totality of this work at my site and on YouTube.
Apr 28, Danny rated it it was amazing. You're not gonna find a better history book. Sep 29, James rated it liked it. So far I am a little short of halfway through this tome. I find it very interesting at some points, yet very boring because the economics of it is a bit overwhelming. At the same time it is very interesting where the politics and history of it are giving me a perspective I never really saw before.
Of course I do realize that economics and economic policy is what drives a lot of history and motivates politicians to do what they do but that still does not change the fact that as much as I try to u So far I am a little short of halfway through this tome. Of course I do realize that economics and economic policy is what drives a lot of history and motivates politicians to do what they do but that still does not change the fact that as much as I try to understand it, economics remains a fairly boring topic to me.
I do understand some of the basic principals of it but to indulge myself into a book which is purely economic theory and practice would cause me to put the book down and leave it on the shelf. Fortunately this book does have some rewarding sections which save it from a sleeper, but if I were to rate it at this point up to beginning of Chapter XIII I would only give it a 3 star rating and if it were not for the author's superb grasp of economics and it's interplay on the events of world history I would give it an even lower rating of two stars.
I really do not fault the author for my low rating of this very important work. My ignorance is part of the problem. I am basing my rating on enjoyability and what I learn from it. I find myself struggling to stay awake on some pages that seem to go on and on regarding economic policy in pre-war Europe, and yet on some sections I can't put the book down when the author ties these policies into the politics and current events of the times. February 4, - Still reading this tome I am on the next to last chapter and can see some evidence of Quigley's pompous attitude towards third world countries and societies that do not adhere to the Western style of economics.
He suggests that they undergo some pattern changes. Considering how this was written before the Environmental movement of the 's I would say he has failed to realize the inadequacies of such Westernization and he has also failed to recognize many of the positive attributes of pastoral and traditional cultures.
Despite this oversights, I continue to find this book fascinating in that it has made me aware of many events and personalities in 20th century World History which I had know little or next to nothing about. Finally finished reading this book. The section on the Middle Class was a real mind blower. Quigley is biased towards aristocracy and privilege and he certainly is prejudiced. I can't get over the section where he mentions girls have become so sexually loose that they even revert to dating "negro boys. It was very good in some parts and yet very bland and even boring in others.
Some sections I had to really struggle to get through, but I preserved and I am glad I did. Overall it was somewhat a disappointment. I was hoping to give it a four star rating but due to the sheer boredom of some parts and topped off with the racial and generational prejudices I have to give it a mediocre rating of three stars.
If it weren't for the very informative sections where I really did learn something new i. Fortunately this book did have some redeeming qualities. Jan 29, Olivia added it.
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I am reading this book aloud with Evan! Quigley was BClinton's , or old-blue-eyes, as I like to call him, mentor. I am only reading parts of it; we are on page , and the topic is McCarthyism and the Cold War. If you are knowledgeable about this McCarthyism topic, or history in general, let's talk! I would like to compare Quigley's finance and detail heavy text on I am reading this book aloud with Evan!
You could also compare Rambo movies to see who the US portrayed as the enemy at that time in history one Rambo movie has the Ruskies as enemy agnst the Afghans, another Rambo portrays the Afghans as evil! I am learning so much by reading and analyzing this with my honey! God, and I do love the sound of my own voice..
There are jokes hidden in Tragedy and Hope's three page run-on sentences!! I promise!! Jan 25, Brad Jensen rated it really liked it. You must read this book. But in order to understand the full magnitude of the information contained within you need to forget most of your previously help views and beliefs of history, economics, social studies, technology, phycology, and geopolitics, as they are most likely colored or flat out false.
Apr 11, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: religion-atheism , geography , history , war , sociology , science. The neoisolationists have taken over and Quigley's rolling in his grave. Let's hope 50 million people won't die again as we transition from the 20th to the 21st Century. Jun 07, Robert rated it it was amazing. One of the finest books ever.
You MUST read this book. Quigley explains it all. He GETS it. Mar 06, Jarrad Klapko rated it it was amazing. Read this if you want to shatter your perception of how the world works. Also good for inducing sleep. Excellent as a history lesson of the world conflicts and societal environment between and ish. However, I only give it three stars because of the obvious slant of the author toward international intervention in global problems. Quigley adopts the world view of secular humanists that man is basically good and a little lower than a god in the universal hierarchy of authority.
Therefore, humans should be able to control and perfect our environment, international relationships, inter-ethnic Excellent as a history lesson of the world conflicts and societal environment between and ish. Therefore, humans should be able to control and perfect our environment, international relationships, inter-ethnic relationships, etc However, since his worldview is flawed, he neglects the fact that all people are sinful and left to themselves are self-centered, self-ingratiating, self-aggrandizing, and self-seeking.
The ability of mankind to obtain any level of diversity or goodwill toward others is completely dependent on whether the members of the diverse group have individually received the grace and power of God to do so.
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Otherwise, all conflicts between the peoples of Earth will continually result in failure. Quigley has willful disdain for anyone with a different opinion concerning international matters and refers to them as "neo-isolationists. People have family, local, nearby environmental, and national problems to work out in our own country and don't need to spend trillions of dollars to "volunteer" as the Global Earth Police Force for the planet. Sep 22, R. Cicisly Jr. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
However, all around a masterpiece. I vaguely remember my father reading this when I was a child. Sep 12, Tommy rated it liked it. Quigley is an Anglophile so don't expect anything really critical of the British or American empire. The English race are just neurologically good liberals whereas the Germans are simply neurologically totalitarians; you've got to read other accounts alongside this to counteract the one-sided claims. He obviously never really studied Marx beyond some summaries of Leninism but he's still obviously influenced by the monopoly capitalism thesis which in retrospect was wrong since finance was really a Quigley is an Anglophile so don't expect anything really critical of the British or American empire.
He obviously never really studied Marx beyond some summaries of Leninism but he's still obviously influenced by the monopoly capitalism thesis which in retrospect was wrong since finance was really always waiting to reassert itself. The technocratic pluralist statist dystopia he predicted didn't exactly pan out and instead we got neoliberalism. Overall a descent, but biased and very pro-interventionist, overview of early 20th century history.
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Obviously a lot of the information in this is outdated in light of documents released in more recent years, e. Jul 16, Aljan rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction-to-read. Mind numbingly boring. Mar 11, Nicholas Maulucci rated it liked it. History deep and wide. Recommended for hardcore historians who have discernment.
Jan 03, Strong Extraordinary Dreams rated it it was amazing Shelves: modern-systems , history. One of the best books ever. One of the few books that everyone, really, should - really should - read. Jun 28, Bruno Konieczny rated it really liked it. Massive book, but interesting if you like conspiracy theories. Feb 23, Alexander McLeese rated it it was amazing. A heavy and at times very slow read but the information that is contained with in makes it worth it and is of a caliber that you probably wont find any where else. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Carroll Quigley.