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Y2k: A World in Crisis? based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The first edition of "World in Crisis" describes the computer turmoil existing the close of the 20th Century. It details the work that was done and the work remaining to be done in order to insure that computers would be fully operational. It's clear description and non-exaggerated discussion of the Y2K problem lead CBS and many in the media to credit the work as having positively influenced many businesses and organizations to do the computer repair that was need to their computer clocks. The book accurately predicts that most of the work will be completed but because of the costs, a recession will incur at or shortly following the year 2000. It also predicted that the computer upgrades done by most business would, in the long run; lead an extended period of prosperity early in the first decade of the 21st Century.
"YTK: A World in Crisis," written by Warren H. Chaney is a wonderful read. Chaney easily wrote the most comprehensive fact-based assessment of the computer scare surrounding the turn of the century transition. Interestingly, it was Chaney's assessment of the outcome that proved to be the most accurate of all writers of the time. Unlike those predicting disaster at any turn, Chaney writes that if enough computer work is done, the outcome will be a sizable recession, not the earlier predicted disaster. He accurately predicts the cover-up of computer failures, which occurred but was little covered by the press. Chaney's book and network television "World in Crisis" series was credited by CBS as having a greater impact on motivating management to repair their computers than any other stimulus in the media. Although "World in Crisis" is dated to a specific time period, its clear read and fully documented recounting of an important historical period makes for a "must" read. Like Chaney's other works, his writing is clear, concise, and as always - well researched.