The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

The Ultimate Revolution

Book - 2005
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The Shape of Things to Come tells of an intellectual who dies and leaves behind a "dream book" inspired by visions that are remarkably prescient.

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Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780141441047
0141441046
Branch Call Number: WEL
Characteristics: 530 pages ;,18 cm.

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CarlsonAJ
May 09, 2017

Wells' writing is convoluted and turgid. Worse is his advocacy of replacing democracy with "self-appointed, self-educated" (and may I add "self-important") experts as depicted in Plato's Republic. Wells' notion that the only thing wrong with Communism is Stalin, and that the only thing wrong with Fascism is Hitler and Mussolini, is poorly argued and frankly left an ill taste in my mouth. And "Benevolent Dictators"? Tito is often given as an example. He slaughtered 100,000 humans to secure his hold on power after WW2, imprisoned thousands more, assassinated exiles - and left a state that fell apart in vicious civil war. He was popular, but not benevolent.

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deutschmarc
Aug 02, 2012

very interesting. seems to be as fresh today as it was when it was written all those years ago.

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