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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BEYOND CIVILIZATION: Humanity's Next Great Adventure

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A cultish recipe for the salvation of the human race, which is being poisoned by the "genetic" structure of its own civilization. Quinn returns to the theme of "Taker" and "Leaver" societies that he ... Read full review

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User Review  - daschaich - LibraryThing

Going Beyond Civilization: "Beyond Civilization" follows in the footsteps and elaborates on the themes of Daniel Quinn's Ishmael Trilogy ("Ishmael," "The Story of B," and "My Ishmael"), which should ... 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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