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The Anatomy of the Future

reviewed by Robert Bierstedt 1962

coverTitle: The Anatomy of the Future
Author(s): R. Siedenberg
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Some long books (a very few) are too short; some short books (too many) are too long. Mr. Seidenberg's book belongs unhappily to the latter category. Its title gives pause. Who would dare to describe for us the anatomy of the future? Only a prophet would undertake such an assignment, and prophecies evade the usual canons of criticism. It is idle, for example, to ask whether they are true or false because, as prophecies, they transcend this inconvenient dichotomy. One can only ask whether they are good or bad, reasonable or unreasonable, sophisticated or naive. A look inside the book, however, discloses that in this case the prophecies are fewer than the lamentations. Almost every page pays homage to Cassandra in references to our present dilemma, our unsolvable predicament, our "pragmatically truncated world," the "ruthless depersonalization of man," our "descent into the abyss," our present impasse, our fatal imbalance; to our... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 5, 1962, p. 400-400
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3139, Date Accessed: 7/22/2018 6:55:37 AM

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