The Future Is Now

The trouble with writing a book about the future is that the future can arrive very quickly. Since Chris Patten's What Next?: Surviving the Twenty-First Century went to the printers, Russia has sent troops into Georgia and the global financial system has cracked so badly that some are pontificating about the end of capitalism. Yet Patten's ambitious book is so good that this inevitable flaw doesn't matter.

Patten, the chancellor of Oxford University and Britain's last Governor of Hong Kong, sets out to explore how nation states can "do more together rather than less." Through entertaining...

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