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Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century.

Powershift is the third and final volume of a trilogy that began with Future Shock (1970) and continued with The Third Wave (1980). All three focus on change in modern society, but each uses "a different lens with which to probe beneath the surface of reality," says Toffler.

Thus Future Shock looks at the process of change - how change affects people and organizations. The Third Wave focuses on the directions of change - where today's changes are taking us. Powershift deals with the control of changes still to come - who will shape them and how. "

Powershift identifies three types of power - knowledge, wealth, and violence (physical force) - and argues that power is now shifting away from violence and wealth toward knowledge.

Written in a popular style, this book is packed with fascinating anecdotes and insights. One can learn something interesting on every page, which makes the book highly browsable. The author clearly relishes his material, which includes illuminating historical incidents and intriguing bits of ethnography, so the book is best suited to readers who are not too pressed for time.

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Publication:The Futurist
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1991
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