Each time history repeats itself, so it’s said, the price goes up. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption,
and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water—the very elements of life.
The most urgent questions of the twenty-first century are: where will this growth lead? can it be consolidated or sustained? and what kind of world is
our present bequeathing to our future?
In A Short History of Progress –based on his acclaimed 2004 Massey Lectures — Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization,
a 10,000-year experiment we have unleashed but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated
around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the experiment’s inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome.
Author: Ronald Wright
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Date Published: October 23, 2004, 224 pages
Format: Paperback: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
Retail Price: US $14.95, CDN $19.95
To watch the documentary "Surviving Progress" inspired by Ronald Wright's bestseller A Short History of Progress, click on the link below...
BBC's Surviving Progress (2011) HDTV !