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Title:
The seventh sense : power, fortune, and survival in the age of networks / Joshua Cooper Ramo.
Author:
Ramo, Joshua Cooper, author.
Published:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

©2016
Edition:
First edition.
Description:
viii, 343 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Endless terror. Refugee waves. An unfixable global economy. Surprising election results. New billion-dollar fortunes. Miracle medical advances. What if they were all connected? What if you could understand why? The Seventh Sense examines the historic force now shaking our world -- and explains how our leaders, our businesses, and each of us can master it. All around us now we are surrounded by events that are difficult to understand. But every day, new figures and forces emerge that seem to have mastered this tumultuous age. Sometimes these are the leaders of the most earthshaking companies of our time, accumulating billion-dollar fortunes. Or they are successful investors or our best generals. Other times, however, quick success is going to terrorists, rebels, and figures intent on chaos. The Seventh Sense is the story of what all of today's successful figures see and feel -- forces that are invisible to most of us but explain everything from explosive technological change to uneasy political ripples. The secret to power now is understanding our new age of networks -- not merely the Internet but also networks of trade and DNA and finance. Based on his years of advising generals, CEOs, and politicians, Ramo takes us into the opaque heart of our world's rapidly connected systems and teaches us what the victors of this age know -- and what the losers are not yet seeing.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-332) and index.
Other Titles:
7th sense
ISBN:
0316285064 (hardback)

9780316285063 (hardback)

0316395056 (international edition)

9780316395052 (international edition)

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From the author of the international bestseller THE AGE OF THE UNTHINKABLE comes a powerful new story of revolution and riches in a connected age.

Endless terror. Refugee waves. An unfixable global economy. Surprising election results. New billion-dollar fortunes. Miracle medical advances. What if they were all connected? What if you could understand why? The Seventh Sense examines the historic force now shaking our world--and explains how our leaders, our businesses, and each of us can master it.

All around us now we are surrounded by events that are difficult to understand. But every day, new figures and forces emerge that seem to have mastered this tumultuous age. Sometimes these are the leaders of the most earthshaking companies of our time, accumulating billion-dollar fortunes. Or they are successful investors or our best generals. Other times, however, quick success is going to terrorists, rebels, and figures intent on chaos. What if we could know the secret of those who can make sense of this age? What if we could apply it to the questions that worry us most?

In this groundbreaking new book, Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of the international bestseller The Age of the Unthinkable, introduces a powerful way of seeing the world. The Seventh Sense is the story of what all of today's successful figures see and feel--forces that are invisible to most of us but explain everything from explosive technological change to uneasy political ripples. The secret to power now is understanding our new age of networks--not merely the Internet but also networks of trade and DNA and finance. Based on his years of advising generals, CEOs, and politicians, Ramo takes us into the opaque heart of our world's rapidly connected systems and teaches us what the victors of this age know--and what the losers are not yet seeing.

But The Seventh Sense won't merely change the way you see the world. It will also give you the power to change it.


Author Notes

Joshua Cooper Ramo was born on December 14, 1968 in Durham, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (BA) and New York University (MA). He is the vice chairman and co-chief executive of Kissinger Associates. He is also a director of the Starbucks and FedEx corporations. He is the author of No Visible Horizon, The Age of the Unthinkable, and The Seventh Sense which is on the bestsellers list.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

Salutary futuristic reading for those still inclined to "use a mechanical way of thinking in an age of complexity."Has there ever been an age without complexity and confusion? Probably not. However, as Kissinger Associates CEO Ramo (The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It, 2009, etc.) writes, this is a time of disruption that lends itself to "seventh sense" thinkingin less trendy terms, the ability to discern how things connect to other things in nodes and networks, "to look at any object and see the way in which it is changed by connection." These networks can be benign; they can be useful, as in digitized library connections; and they can be harmful, in part owing to the "hyperdense concentrations of power" that are produced by networks, introducing opportunities for chaos and complexity into situations that are already fraught with them. Ramo quotes approvingly from the philosopher Paul Virilio in this regard: "When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck." Shipwrecks are all around us, as witness the network that is the Islamic State group, something that old-school thinking might imagine can be fought by air forces and bunker-buster bombs but that the Seventh Sensible would know requires different tools for dismantling. Ramo is sometimes vague but sometimes profound in a postmodern way that's not the usual stuff of Washington think tanks: we have been busy "murdering the exotic," he writes, with our first-world technologies and high-speed Internet connections, so we shouldn't be surprised when "from time to time, the exotic shows up and murders us right back." It all makes for provocative reading, and if the author is light on specifics, he offers plenty of interesting scenarios for such things as global power shifts, AI-enabled weapons systems, and the like. Plus a change? No, the more it changes, the weirder the world gets. For policy wonks with an eye toward the middle term, Ramo provides a good effort to make sense of it all. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Library Journal Review

Building on the idea of the "Sixth Sense," a new instinct suggested by Friedrich Nietzsche that would be required to be successful in the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution, Ramo (co-chief executive & vice chair, Kissinger Associates; The Age of the Unthinkable) suggests a new instinct for the networked world, which he dubs the "Seventh Sense." The networks Ramo refers to are not limited to computed networks but cover the entire connected way of life. The book is broken down into three parts. The first part looks at how we have arrived at this moment and why this is a turning point, while the second considers how networks and connectivity work, from finance and Facebook to disruptive business ideas. The third section addresses what this all means and how leaders need to let go of the old ways of thinking and embrace a new way of seeing the networked world. Verdict Ramo provides a thought-provoking view of the changes a networked world has brought and some ways that leaders in business, politics, and beyond can use new ideas to address new problems. This book will appeal to those interested in business and politics, as well as general readers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/16/15.]-Elizabeth Nelson, McHenry Cty. Coll. Lib., Crystal Lake, IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 3
Part 1 The Nature of Our Age: In which the revolutionary character of our era is explained. The need for a new instinct is introduced. The historical stakes are weighed
Chapter 1 The Mastersp. 7
Chapter 2 The Age of Network Powerp. 31
Chapter 3 War, Peace, Networksp. 58
Part 2 The Seventh Sense: In which we regard the world with a new sensibility. Connection, we discover, changes The nature of an object
Chapter 4 The Jaws of Connectionp. 95
Chapter 5 Fishnetp. 125
Chapter 6 Warez Dudesp. 144
Chapter 7 The New Castep. 172
Chapter 8 "MapReduce": The Compression of Space and Timep. 188
Part 3 Gateland: A guide to power in the world that becomes newly apparent with the Seventh Sense
Chapter 9 Inside and Outp. 225
Chapter 10 Hard Gatekeepingp. 250
Chapter 11 Citizens!p. 276
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Notesp. 313
Indexp. 333