Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure

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Crown/Archetype, 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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User Review  - Conor - Goodreads

To be fair, I was biased before beginning this book. I had previously tried to read Quinn's "Story of B," which my friends made me put down because I wouldn't stop complaining about it. Primarily ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amelia - Goodreads

Not as good as Ishmael and The Story of B. Read full review


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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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