14 July 2010

My New Book: A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization

My new book, A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: and how to save it, published by Pluto Press in the UK and distributed by Palgrave Macmillan in North America and Australia, is due out this August, and is available for pre-order. You can get it from Amazon UK, Amazon USA, or, for the best price of £14:99, order directly from the publisher here.

Here's the blurb:

It often seems that different crises are competing to devastate civilisation. This book argues that financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as part of the same ailing system.

Most accounts of our contemporary global crises such as climate change, or the threat of terrorism, focus on one area, or another, to the exclusion of others. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed argues that the unwillingness of experts to look outside their own fields explains why there is so much disagreement and misunderstanding about particular crises. This book attempts to investigate all of these crises, not as isolated events, but as trends and processes that belong to a single global system. We are therefore not dealing with a 'clash of civilisations', as Huntington argued. Rather, we are dealing with a fundamental crisis of civilisation itself.This book provides a stark warning of the consequences of failing to take a broad view of the problems facing the world and shows how catastrophe can be avoided.

I'll post more info about the book in due course.


  1. Dr. Ahmed,

    I am looking forward to reading your book. I have lived in Asia for the past 20 years and I have seen first hand the rapid change of the economy and its impact on the environment, the social fabric and the over-use of resources.
    I have been reading a lot about peak oil, food crisis, water shortages and the potential downfall of civilization due to over-population. I expect your book will link all those issues into one and hep me getting more informed in those fields.

    best regards
    Ben Rimaz

  2. This man has no idea what he is talking about... there is no way to save civilization... you cannot put the geenie back in the bottle.


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