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Jeremy Rifkin's Books

Jeremy Rifkin has authored 19 books over the last 40 years on a wide range of topics, from new advances in science and technology, to global economic trends and sustainable development. Many of his books have been international bestsellers and translated into all the major languages of the world. Mr. Rifkin has been the recipient of many book prizes over the years, including the prestigious Corine International Book Prize, awarded for The European Dream as best economic book of the year in 2005.

In his latest New York Times Best Selling book, The Third Industrial Revolution; How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World, Rifkin describes how an era powered by oil and other fossil fuels is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of gas and food are climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan to take us into the future.Here, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful “Third Industrial Revolution.” He asks us to imagine hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other in an “energy internet,” just like we now create and share information online. Rifkin describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses, millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life. Rifkin’s vision is already gaining traction in the international community. The European Union Parliament has issued a formal declaration calling for its implementation, and other nations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, are quickly preparing their own initiatives for transitioning into the new economic paradigm.The Third Industrial Revolution is an insider’s account of the next great economic era, including a look into the personalities and players — heads of state, global CEOs, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs — who are pioneering its implementation around the world.

During the month of December, 2009 The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis was published. Never has the world seemed so completely united-in the form of communication, commerce, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the form of war, financial meltdown, global warming, and even the migration of diseases. No matter how much we put our minds to the task of meeting the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world, the human race seems to continually come up short, unable to muster the collective mental resources to truly "think globally and act locally." In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling social critic Jeremy Rifkin shows that this disconnect between our vision for the world and our ability to realize that vision lies in the current state of human consciousness. The very way our brains are structured disposes us to a way of feeling, thinking, and acting in the world that is no longer entirely relevant to the new environments we have created for ourselves. The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. Humanity, Rifkin argues, finds itself on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date: refashioning human consciousness so that human beings can mutually live and flourish in the new globalizing society. In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. But to resist this change in human relations and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in facing the new challenges around us. As the forces of globalization accelerate, deepen, and become ever more complex, the older faith-based and rational forms of consciousness are likely to become stressed, and even dangerous, as they attempt to navigate a world increasingly beyond their reach and control. Indeed, the emergence of this empathetic consciousness has implications for the future that will likely be as profound and far-reaching as when Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based consciousness with the canon of reason.

In The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream (2004), Mr. Rifkin argues that while the great American Dream is fading, a powerful new European Dream is beginning to capture the attention and imagination of the world. The nascent European Dream, says Rifkin, is, in many respects, the mirror opposite of the American Dream, but far better suited to meet the challenges of a globalizing society in the 21st century. Rifkin draws on more than twenty years of personal experience working in Europe, where he has advised heads of state and political parties, consulted with Europe's leading companies, and helped spur grass-roots, environmental, and social justice campaigns.

In his 2002 international bestseller, The Hydrogen Economy, Rifkin takes us on an eye-opening journey into the next great commercial era in history. He envisions the dawn of a new economy powered by hydrogen that will fundamentally change the nature of our market, political and social institutions, just as coal and steam power did at the beginning of the industrial age.

The 2004 revised edition of his 1995 international bestseller, The End of Work, is widely credited with helping shape the current global debate on technology displacement, corporate downsizing and the future of jobs.

Mr. Rifkin's 2000 international bestseller, The Age of Access, explores the vast changes occurring in the capitalist system as it makes the transition from geographic markets to e-commerce networks and from industrial to cultural production.

His 1998 international bestseller, The Biotech Century, addresses the many critical issues accompanying the new era of genetic commerce and is the most widely read book in the world on the biotech revolution.

Other Books

Biosphere Politics: A New Consciousness for a New Century
Crown Publishers, Inc., 1991
Time Wars: The Primary Conflict in Human History
Henry Holt and Company, 1987
Voting Green (with Carol Grunewald Rifkin)
Doubleday, 1992
Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture
Dutton Books, 1992
The Green Lifestyle Handbook: 1001 Ways You Can Heal the Earth (Editor)
Owl Books, 1990
Declaration of a Heretic
Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985
Viking Press, 1983
Entropy: A New World View (with Ted Howard)
Viking Press, 1980
Emerging Order: God in the Age of Scarcity (with Ted Howard)
Ballantine Books, 1979
The North Will Rise Again: Pensions, Politics and Power in the 1980s (with Randy Barber)
Beacon Press, 1978
Who Should Play God? The Artificial Creation of Life and What it Means for the Future of the Human Race (with Ted Howard)
Delacorte Press, 1977


Best-Selling Books


The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Zero Marginal Cost Society
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

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The Third Industrial Revolution

The Third Industrial Revolution
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

New York Times best-seller!

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The Empathic Civilization The Empathic Civilization
Tarcher, 2009

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The European Dream
Tarcher/Penguin, 2004

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The Hydrogen Economy
Tarcher/Putnam, 2002

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The Age of Access
Tarcher/Putnam, 2000

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The Biotech Century
Tarcher/Putnam, 1998

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The End of Work
Tarcher/Putnam, 1995

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