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Predicting Russia’s Future

Russia's future - coverPredicting Russia’s Future: How 1,000 Years of History Are Shaping The 1990s
Lourie
1991

Submitter: The title alone makes this book an automatic weed for our public library. This book is part of the Whittle Communication’s Larger Agenda Series, which “presents short books by distinguished authors on subjects of importance to managers and policymakers in business and the public sector.” A weird and interesting element of this series is that each book has a corporate sponsor. The publishing company intersperses each chapter with an advertisement, in this case Federal Express. The New York Times has a number of articles on Whittle Communications and/or Chris Whittle if you’re interested in researching this any further!

Holly: Someone should tell them that “going to the dogs” means it is not as good as it used to be. The ad for Air-Vet (last two pictures, below) says “Thanks to me, Air-Vet’s business is going to the dogs.” I get that they meant that their business is literally for dogs (and other animals, as they spell out in the fine print below), but it’s kind of an unfortunate play on words.

This book is so old that we now know what Russia’s future held. This book must have been published just shortly before the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Also, Whittle Communications fell on hard times in 1994.

 

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It’s Not the End of the World or Is It?

Planet Earth — 2000 A.D.: will mankind survive?
Lindsey
1994

Submitter: This is an awful book that we found when it was returned to us from use at another branch—so it was circulating. My circ supervisor caught it and showed it to me.  It’s a revised and updated edition of the author’s Late Great Planet Earth, first published in 1969 (and I remember reading this at camp in the 1970’s!) but this update was published in 1996 and written possibly earlier. Whatever was supposed to happen at the turn of the millennium did not, and since the world did not end, I’d say this is a definite weeder—if there is an update written in the second decade of the 21st century, I’d consider keeping it, but not this edition. I’m embarrassed that it was on our branch’s shelves!

Holly: Everyone knows that the world ends at the end of 2012, so anything that says otherwise can be weeded.  Seriously, though – people do enjoy these end-times prophecy books.  You can probably even get away with keeping them for a year or two after the event doesn’t happen, just for kicks because they’re fun.  It’s not the end of the world if you weed it now, though.  (Ha!)

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