War and Anti-War: Survival at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Alvin Toffler, Author, Heidi Toffler, With Little Brown and Company $22.95 (302p) ISBN 978-0-316-85024-7
The husband-and-wife team who collaborated on Future Shock present a chilling look at possible future wars. As set out in their earlier collaboration, The Third Wave (1980), the Tofflers' scenario portrays a world once bisected into First Wave (agrarian) and Second Wave (industrial) powers changing drastically as the U.S., Europe and Japan move toward a Third Wave economy that creates and exploits electronic information and advanced technology. The result on the battlefield, they claim, is the potential for more wars dominated by ``knowledge strategy'' and featuring high-tech weaponry such as battlefield robots, pilotless combat aircraft, omniscient surveillance satellites, non-lethal weapons like sleep-inducing agents, and by low-cost ``niche warfare'' using special forces. The Tofflers sketch a preventive strategy for peace that includes the sharing of information technology to halt weapons proliferation and the creation of a ``rapid reaction contingency broadcasting force'' capable of beaming news anywhere in the world. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1993
Release date: 11/01/1993
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 978-0-446-67083-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 370 pages - 978-0-446-60259-4
Hardcover - 412 pages - 978-0-7515-0938-0
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