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core futures book list (authors c - f)

Produced in partnership, the Institute for the Future @ AACC and the World Future Society present a set of core print materials. These titles are suggested as a basic set of library holdings. Of course, this is a dynamic list. Contributions for consideration to this list may be made on the book recommendation form. IF @ AACC extends sincere thanks to Ed Cornish, Jeff Cornish of WFS; AACC Librarians, Cindy Steinhoff and Louise Greene; contributors on the IF Advisory Team and Ms Barbara Parker and Ms Robin Potter.

Capra, Fritjof.

The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems. New York: Anchor Books (ISBN: 385476760)
   Overview: A vivid canvas of living systems studies across genres and the relevance of systems analysis and thinking to our future and present. Contributor: Robin Potter, AACC, Date Submitted: 5-03-06.

Claeys, Gregory and Sargeant, Lyman (1999).

The Utopian Reader. New York: New York University Press 
   Overview: This well-edited anthology includes excerpts from writers describing imaginary ideal conditions on earth or elsewhere. Contributor: Jeff Cornish, WFS, Date Submitted: 5-03-05.

Clarke, Arthur C. (1984).

Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible. Rev. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston 
   Overview: A slightly revised edition of a book first published in 1962. This is one of the classics of futurist literature. The author methodically explores the fantasies of science fiction, such as the obsolescence of gravity and the colonization of the solar system, to determine what is really and truly impossible and what may indeed be accomplished by determined technologists. Contributor: Jeff Cornish, WFS, Date Submitted: 5-03-05.

Clarke, Ian (1979).

The Pattern of Expectation, 1644-2001. London: Jonathan Cape 
   Overview: This is an excellent, scholarly history of people’s ideas about the future, focusing particularly on Europe over the past three centuries. Contributor: Jeff Cornish, WFS, Date Submitted: 5-03-05.

Cornish, Edward (2004).

Futuring: The Exploration of the Future. Bethesda, MD: World Future Society (ISBN: 0-930242-57-2)
   Overview: Methods and techniques for exploring the future. Contributor: Jeff Cornish, WFS, Date Submitted: 5-03-06.

De Vallee, Sheila & Boissiele, Olivier  

Architecture for the Future. Vilo International (ISBN: 2879390281)
   Overview: During the 1990s, a number of architects in many countries have been developing a new, pioneering but build-able architecture for the onset of the 21st century. The 35 whose work is presented here are among the most original and talented. All reflect the spirit of our times. More than 170 color pictures of more than 60 projects reveal a pluralist architecture that augurs well for the future. Contributor: Brandi R. Shepard, AACC, Date Submitted: 5-03-06.

Dixon, Patrick (2002).

Futurewise Six Faces of Global Change. London: Harper Collins (ISBN: 0-00-713934-9)
   Overview: Excellent overview of Fast Urban Tribal Universal Radical Ethical. Contributor: Steele, AACC, Date Submitted: 5-03-04.

Easterbrook, Gregg (2003).

The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse. New York: Random House 
   Overview: Life has improved in the past century, even in the developing world: more food, more money, better health care, etc. Contributor: Jeff Cornish, WFS, Date Submitted: 5-03-05.

Falk, William. W. (2004)

Rooted in Place: Family and Belonging in a Southern Black Community New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press
 Overview: In Rooted in Place Dr. Falk blends basic sociology and applied sociology together to tell the story of a southern black family and community that lives in the social condition of poverty in the sociological perspective. The future of poverty is projected through the words and behaviors of a southern black American family and their community that live in rural poverty. Contributor: Barbara Parker Date Submitted: 2005

Florida Richard (2002).

The Rise of the Creative Class. New York New York: Basic Books (ISBN: o-465-02477-7)
   Overview: Creativity as life work development of creative environments Contributor: Steele, AACC, Date Submitted: 5-03-04. There are many reviews. Here is one.

Friedman, Thomas L. (2005)

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty First Century New York New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux
 Overview: A fascinating overview of drivers of change in the 21st century. Well written and easy to grasp. Contributor: Steve Steele