Brave New World (Hardcover)
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A towering classic of dystopian satire, BRAVE NEW WORLD is a brilliant and terrifying vision of a soulless society—and of one man who discovers the human costs of mindless conformity.
Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned at conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer; messy emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented, developing an unnatural desire for solitude and a distaste for compulsory promiscuity. When he brings back a young man from one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old unenlightened ways still continue, he unleashes a dramatic clash of cultures that will force him to consider whether freedom, dignity, and individuality are worth suffering for.
Aldous Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of a future of mechanical efficiency and engineered harmony has been enormously influential for generations, and is as provocative, powerful, and riveting as when it was first published in 1932.
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About the Author
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was an English writer and editor of Oxford Poetry. He interests included parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, and he is known in many academic circles as a leader of modern thought. He is the recipient of both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. His many works include Brave New World, Themes and Variations, and The Genius and the Goddess.
John Sutherland is a strategic innovation practitioner, sought after speaker, innovation tools maker and founder of Ennova Inc. He has transformed the thinking and behavior of executives across a wide variety of industries to capture the opportunities available in the exponential age we call the 21st century. The discoverer of the Universal Language of Value Creation, John has translated this and other value creation discoveries into The Shared Clarity System . Through the power of common language and visualization this structured conversation tool-set empowers leadership teams to: 1.See more clearly, and interpret with greater insight, the technological and behavioral changes outside their industry norm. 2.Translate those insights into compelling new user scenarios. 3.Determine faster and with greater precision, how to best shape their business to exploit those scenarios. 4.Implement faster the resultant change with less risk and greater rewards. He previously published On Signals: Profiting from signs from the future. This companion book summarizes the key thoughts outlined in Disruptive Leaders and became the world's first business book published in tweet form. A PDF version is available for download at www.johnsutherlandbooks.com
“A brilliant tour de force . . . Full of barbed wit and malice-spiked frankness . . . Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling.” —THE OBSERVER
“Ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression . . . Huxley’s resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed.” —THE TIMES (LONDON)
“The Utopia to end Utopias.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“An exuberant playground for ideas . . . Brave New World (like Nineteen Eighty-Four) is a novel part of whose instinctive horror is generated by the fact that it foresees a world where novels are no longer possible . . . Brave New World presents itself as a measure of what would be lost in the brave new world of AF 632. No more novels, no more Huxleys. A darker than dark age is coming . . . In the meanwhile Brave New World remains the most readable of grumpy dystopias.”
—from the Introduction by John Sutherland