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  • A Brief History of the Future

  • A Brave and Controversial Look at the Twenty-first Century
  • By: Jacques Attali
  • Narrated by: Alan Robertson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Jacques Attali, a French economist and former adviser to Francois Mitterand, lays out a chilling vision of our global future based on the paths taken by mankind throughout the course of history. In A Brief History of the Future, Attali argues that the progression toward individual freedoms has meant a greater focus on economic concerns rather than theological or militaristic ones which, in Attali's view, will lead to a dismantling of the nation-state. Alan Robertson has a gravelly voice that oddly manages to be soothing as well as unsettling as he details Attali's provocative vision of the impending world.

Summary

What will planet Earth be like in 20 years? At mid-century? In the year 2100? Prescient and convincing, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future. Never has the world offered more promise for the future and been more fraught with dangers. In this powerful and sometimes terrifying work, Attali analyzes the past and pinpoints nine distinct periods of human history, each with its world center of power and prestige, and predicts what the tenth will bring by the end of this century.

Attali foresees the disappearance of individual countries and the dominance of a world government, with democracy prevailing. However, the ultimate, burning question is: Will we leave our children and grandchildren a world that is not only viable but better, or in this nuclear world bequeath to them a planet that will be a living hell? Either way, he warns, the time to act is now.

©2006, 2011 Librairie Arthème Fayard, English-language translation copyright 2009, 2011 by Arcade Publishing (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A crucial outline of NWO elite plans

I shake my head at the negative reviews of this excellent offering on Audible. This isn't about whether or not you agree with Attali's vision, or his morality - he frankly lays out a terrifying nightmare scenario of impoverished, isolated, alienated serfdom for the 21-century West and psychopathically appears indifferent about it - but about whether or not you wish to understand what the elites have planned for our future. Attali was like France's Kissinger, an absolute deep-state insider, and when he lays out his ideas, it is idiotic not to take notice. Personally, I hope that the evil empire outlined in his vision (what he calls the "super empire" run by "hyper nomads") is derailed at the last minute by righteous men, but my own views are irrelevant here - what's important is that this audiobook lays out in a very digestible way, from an insider himself, the kind of Great Reset world that the elites want to foist upon us, thus helping the would-be reader to know his enemy all the better.

Thank you Audible for this book - even putting it in the Plus Catalogue, helping it to maximise the audience. I also really liked the narrator, who had a grave tone in his narrating - perfect for this particular title, and can't believe why he would be given a low rating for his work. 10/10.

EDIT: I should also state that those listening to the book in 2022 will find parts of the book give them goosebumps, particularly chapter 4, in the light of recent events. If the last two years of complete state lawlessness are anything to go by, Attali had access to globalist plans and gave them out ahead of time.

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  • Rob
  • 11-07-17

feels like a popular mechanics article

The author should have stopped writing when he got from the history lesson to predicting the future. this stuff is ridiculous, sounds like a 5 year old wrote it.

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  • Maher S. Amer
  • 16-01-22

Waste of time

The history part is full of mistakes that a student should not make. I am not sure why the author did not retire and realised that he can’t write a good book any more. For example, he mentioned that several countries are candidates for a good future such as UAE, then he mentions that other countries such as Dubai may have a chance! Also, when he talks about Nanotechnology and how it will impact the further, it is clear that he did not know what he was talking about. He did not erase arch the subject beyond a quick look at Google and just repeated what unspecialised people say. Finally, it is clear that the author is anti-America and he could not even hide it. Very bad book and truly a waste of time.

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  • MarinaS
  • 06-08-21

Poor analysis and Marxist vision of the future

Not different from what one might hear from a communism-leaning Columbia or Stanford professor of sociology. Not worth your time.

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  • Randall
  • 12-02-13

Worth your time if you are a student of the future

What made the experience of listening to A Brief History of the Future the most enjoyable?

Part 1 was somewhat of a mad romp through history, with the author's particular spin, and Part 2 extended, somewhat, the lessons extracted from Part 1. This is a worthy approach.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though the 'lessons' were far from comprehensive, it is always good to get a new take in case one has missed something critical. Several of the 'lessons' were not things I had heard elsewhere nor thought of myself.

What aspect of Alan Robertson’s performance would you have changed?

The pacing was so slow I had to listen to the whole thing on 2X speed. That worked though.

Any additional comments?

Geography and associated geographic political power has always been important in providing the context in which ideas and industries have interacted in the past. This might prove, as the author suggests, to be a less important factor in the future, meaning that the story lines of 'future history' will not follow geographic political lines so much going forward. On the other hand, corporations, including insurance companies, are creatures of the geographic political power, and are likely never to rise to the level of, much less usurp wholesale in the way described in this audiobook, the powers invested in government. This is particularly true as the power of the rich (esp. corporations) to buy elections through marketing is weakened over time (as is all marketing efforts) due to the 'news noise' level of the internet. Couple this with the ability of anyone/everyone who is interested to get all of the sides of an issue rather than rely on 4th estate opinion leaders, and it will become more difficult over time for the few to dominate the many (at the moment the 2 party system in the USA is a key remaining factor in this domination).

But that is just my take... buy the book and think about the author's approach and the limitations thereof and you will benefit. No book about the future is easy or light or has any possibility of being 'right', but most books represent a point of view that will itself be a factor. This book included.

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  • Infidel65
  • 11-02-22

garbage

I got about 2/3 thru it before I couldn't stomach any more of his self aggrandizing proficy...

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  • Allan Von Huge
  • 17-07-21

good stuff

really enjoy this one. Excellent content and the narrator did a heck of a good job.

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  • Michael W Street
  • 09-07-15

Interesting in many ways

But not necessarily a "guide". Concepts presented are very general, and since its writing some have come true, however many could see these events unfolding prior to its time. Nevertheless it was an interesting read.