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Riverhead Hardcover
272 pages
Product Description
<div> <div> Combining the deft social analysis of <i>Where Good Ideas Come From</i> with the optimistic arguments of <i>Everything Bad Is Good For You</i>, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Steven Johnson’s <i>Future Perfect</i> makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview -- influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, by peer networks, but not dependent on high-tech solutions -- that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative, public vs. private thinking.<br> <br> With his acclaimed gift for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big idea books, Johnson explores this new vision of progress through a series of fascinating narratives: from the “miracle on the Hudson” to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself.<br> <br> At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, <i>Future Perfect</i> makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and that innovative strategies are on the rise. This is a hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future, from one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture.</div></div>