A Short History of the Future

A Short History of the Future

by W. Warren Wagar
     
 

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W. Warren Wagar's A Short History of the Future is a memoir of postmodern times, cast as a history. This powerful and visionary book is narrated by a far-future historian, Peter Jensen, who leaves this account of the world from the 1990s through the opening of the twenty-third century as a gift to his granddaughter. A combination of fiction and scholarship, this third…  See more details below

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W. Warren Wagar's A Short History of the Future is a memoir of postmodern times, cast as a history. This powerful and visionary book is narrated by a far-future historian, Peter Jensen, who leaves this account of the world from the 1990s through the opening of the twenty-third century as a gift to his granddaughter. A combination of fiction and scholarship, this third edition of Wagar's speculative history of the future alternates between descriptions of world events and intimate glimpses of his fictive historian's family into the first centuries of the new millennium.

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Wagar (history, State U. of New York-Binghamton) takes on the persona of a far-future historian to recount events of the world from the 1990s through the opening of the 23rd century. The earlier editions were published in 1989 and 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226869018
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Charles R. Pellegrino
A real eye-opener. Thought-provoking and meticulously researched, with possibilities "both good and evil" that appear chillingly probable -- all the more so because you might never have considered them before. Wagar's study of the future is a remarkable blend of H. G. Wells's The Shape of Things to Come, and Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth. This book stands on its own as a Bible for the new Millenium, in which the horrors of the Apocalypse precede the promise of Genesis.

Meet the Author

W. Warren Wagar is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Wagar is the author of many books, including The City of Man: Prophecies of a World Civilization in Twentieth-Century Thought and The Next Three Futures: Paradigms of Things to Come.

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