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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one best-selling thought leader: Calling on history, cutting-edge research, complexity science, and even Lord of the Rings, Thomas Homer-Dixon lays out the tools we can command to rescue a world on the brink.

For three decades, the renowned author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization and The Ingenuity Gap: Can We Solve the Problems of the Future? has examined the threats to our future security - predicting a deteriorating global environment, extreme economic stresses, mass migrations, social instability, and wide political violence if humankind continued on its current course. He was called the Doom Meister, but we now see how prescient he was. 

Today just about everything we've known and relied on (our natural environment, economy, societies, cultures, and institutions) is changing dramatically - too often for the worse. Without radical new approaches, our planet will become unrecognizable as well as poorer, more violent, more authoritarian.

In his fascinating long-awaited new book (dedicated to his young children), he calls on his extraordinary knowledge of complexity science, of how societies work and can evolve, and of our capacity to handle threats, to show that we can shift human civilization onto a decisively new path if we mobilize our minds, spirits, imaginations, and collective values. 

Commanding Hope marshals a fascinating, accessible argument for reinvigorating our cognitive strengths and belief systems to affect urgent systemic change, strengthen our economies and cultures, and renew our hope in a positive future for everyone on Earth.

©2020 Thomas Homer-Dixon (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

“Brilliantly structured and utterly absorbing from beginning to end, Commanding Hope addresses with honesty and courage the dangers we face and offers us practical ways to prepare for the hard work ahead.” —Quill & Quire

“Homer-Dixon’s hope is not optimism, but rather the kind of hope brought to mind by his book’s arresting title, one that must be ordered up from within us—with no regard to how despairing we are, and long before we have tangible reasons for optimism—and then set to rule our actions.” —MacLean's

“The hope Homer-Dixon is promoting has a dual nature. It arises from an internal summons and emerges as a call to action. This kind of hope isn’t naïve; it’s transformational.” —Literary Review of Canada 

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I’ll listen to it twice.

I’ve been yearning for analysis of this depth and breadth for years. Professor Homer-Dixon paints a picture of the future we are denying. He synthesis an understanding of disparate disciplines - economics, social-psychology, climate science, complexity, narrative, technology, philosophy and more into a penetrating perspective about the need to engage openly, discern deeply, act urgently and never give up - for the sake of our children. Thank you (and your family) for creating the space in your life to bring your talent and insights into this precious book. I work with a small non-profit trying to foster the kind of change you are pointing to. The book will inform our path greatly. Danny Graham. CEO. Engage Nova Scotia.

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Clarity and comprehensive description of threat and hope

This book provided an alternative source of problem solving that goes beyond superficial criticism and simplistic wishful thinking solutions. It gives tools of analysis within the understanding of everyone and bridges the gap between apparent adversaries. The author isn’t providing just encourage and hope, but also a way to commanding hope to the benefit of this world. Thank You.

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Groundbreaking

This book is both a view of the perilous situation the world is in and a map for the future if we are to survive. Truly profound.

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must read of 2020! Best way to HOPE

One of two life changing books of the year.
Honest/Astute/Powerful
illuminates a path to future

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A very important book.

A highly researched, thoughtful and accessible book that points to ways of creating realistic societal pathways out of our global climate conundrum.