Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 4, 2009 - Social Science - 208 pages
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In Beyond Civilization, Daniel Quinn thinks the unthinkable. We all know there's no one right way to build a bicycle, no one right way to design an automobile, no one right way to make a pair of shoes, but we're convinced that there must be only one right way to live -- and the one we have is it, no matter what.

Beyond Civilization makes practical sense of the vision of Daniel Quinn's best-selling novel Ishmael. Examining ancient civilizations such as the Maya and the Olmec, as well as modern-day microcosms of alternative living like circus societies, Quinn guides us on a quest for a new model for society, one that is forward-thinking and encourages diversity instead of suppressing it. Beyond Civilization is not about a "New World Order" but a "New Personal World Order" that would allow people to assert control over their own destiny and grant them the freedom to create their own way of life right now -- not in some distant utopian future.

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Review: Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure

User Review  - Dylan - Goodreads

As with Quinn's other works, this makes you see the world and your place in it quite differently. I think that you should read his other novel, Ishmael, before this one in order for it to make more sense but I really think that everyone should read both in general. Read full review

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User Review  - Talbot Hook - Goodreads

This should be required reading in late high school or early college, as it causes readers to challenge cultural assumptions and to engage in thoughtful processing of new and foreign ideas. Also, it seeks to teach a variety of incredibly useful skills and mindsets. Read full review


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About the author (2009)

DANIEL QUINN is the award-winning author of Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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