What can a spell-checker tell you about ecomic trends? Why is the world's supply of ideas about to double? What did America get right in the nineteenth century that it's getting wrong in the twenty-first? If Karl Marx were alive today, would he be hosting a show on Fox News? These are just a few of the provocative questions asked by Sonic Boom, a (mainly) optimistic look at the near future. Sonic Boom tells why the world's ecomy is likely to be just fine, with prosperity increasing; why globalization will soon drive us even crazier than it does today; why a chaotic, raucous, unpredictable, stress-inducing, free, prosperous, well-informed, and smart future is coming. The book is rich with specific examples and advice on how to navigate your own way through the craziness that's ahead. Forbes calls Gregg Easterbrook the best writer on complex topics in the United States, and Sonic Boom will show you why.
Gregg Easterbrook is the author of six books, including The Progress Paradox. He is a contributing editor to The Atlantic, for which he has written more than a dozen cover stories, and The New Republic. His articles have appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as on the covers of Newsweek and Time. He has appeared on Today, Larry King Live, Nightline, CBS Morning News, All Things Considered, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Diane Rehm Show, and The O'Reilly Factor. And as a hobby, he writes the Tuesday Morning Quarterback football column for ESPN.com. He lives near Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children. From the Hardcover edition.