5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Effort, Will Take Months to Read, One Gap, October 16, 2013
I received this book yesterday in Afghanistan, and since I get less than an hour a day to myself, it is going to take me months to read this book, but I certainly plan to work my way steadily along. At 751 pages this is a major effort by the author, and certain to demand considerable reflection. It lacks a bibliography which is a huge disappointment. Below I list ten other books related to strategy that I recommend (my Amazon reviews are also summary in nature since I now give all my books away — cliff notes for busy professionals as well as myself).
At first glance what I notice is that the author is focused on creating advantage against others in context, but ethics, ecological boundaries, and true cost economics as well as whole of government and hybrid government information sharing and sense-making are not part of this book, as best I can tell from the rather mediocre index. This book deserves a vastly better index, not the near moronic names only index that it has.
Surely worthy of a next edition, I would urge the publisher to add an annotated bibliography and a proper index. This is a five star book in relation to the current state of thinking, four stars in relation to the moral and intellectual constructs that Morin and a few others as well as myself have been pursuing. It may be that the author will be moved to add an epilogue one day, when he is ready to integrate holistic analytics, true cost economics, and intra-terrestial, extra-terrestial, and public intelligence (decision-support) to his thinking.
Here are some “big picture” books helpful to 21st century strategic thinking that must of necessity return to what the author calls “remarkable” pre-European indigenous strategic thinking:
Homeland Earth : A Manifesto for the New Millennium (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity and the Human Sciences)
Ecological Economics, Second Edition: Principles and Applications
Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition
Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
Redesigning Society (Stanford Business Books)
There are my top strategy books as of right now, there are many others (see my easily found list online, “World a Look: Book Reviews on Strategy”) within the collection of lists of reviewed books at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog/Books.
The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
Environmental Security and Global Stability: Problems and Responses
Strategy: Process, Content, Context–An International Perspective 3rd edition by Wit, Bob de; Meyer, Ron published by South-Western College Pub Paperback
High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years To Solve Them
There is so much moral and intellectual heavy-lifting to do as we reconnect with our Earth and ourselves as humanity, while unblocking the erroneously classified paths to extra-terrestial intelligence and opening new paths to intra-terrestial intelligence, it has to be said: in the here and now, Western civilization is retarded, and Eastern civilization is not far ahead. It would be quite interesting to see if a Southern civilization as well as a Far North civilization (Nordics plus Iceland and New Canada (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, BC, Yukon, and NWT) might not be able to devise and profer a truly humane, holistic, and even holy strategy for God is We, Heaven on Earth. Anything less is a sad statement on our limitations.
Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability