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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Grunch of Giants by R. Grunch of Giants by R. Here Buckminster Fuller takes on the gigantic corporate megaliths that exert increasing control over every aspect of daily life.
In the form of a modern allegory, he traces the evolution of these multinational giants from the post-World War II military-industrial giante to the current army of abstract legal entities known as the corporate world.
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Now, allow me to give my review, Ahem: This book is for those that enjoy David Icke, conspiracy theorists, those that hate governments and those that abhor corporations. However, within it’s scope, Buckminster Fuller shoots himself in the foot with his hate of corporations and money. This book is a physical contradiction in itself. And, to recommend this book as the After reading a “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” book du jour, I requested this book from the library and was on the waiting list for 10 months.
And, to recommend this book as the product of a “visionary” is rather laughable. Does it empower you? It makes you feel like a puppet in a mass controlled world. Yet, corporations created the computer that I’m typing this one Applethe internet that I’m using to connect to this website Time Warner and even the gruhch that I’m writing this review on Goodreads.
I do understand the always relevant stance of RBF in the light of the economic fall out and the Anti-Wall Street Protests that are occurring now. However, for me, this book failed in too many ways for me to give it anything other than one star. This is a book of paranoia and conspiracy theory at its finest.
Boo hoo hoo – kick rocks and move on. View all 3 comments. Mar 31, Ryan rated it liked it. In this book, Buckminster Fuller seeks to outline the present geo-political state of the world, through a brief historical analysis of modes of production and civil organization.
He identifies the present state filler massively and inefficiently controlled by “giants”: His lifelong project of efficient, sustainable technology is at odds with the continued existence of this “grunch” of giants, so the book examines fullfr conflic In this book, Buckminster Fuller seeks to outline the present geo-political state of the world, through a brief historical analysis of modes of production and civil organization.
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His lifelong project of efficient, sustainable technology is at odds with the continued existence of this “grunch” of giants, so the book examines this conflict and the nature of control exerted by the grunch. Buckminster Fuller’s vision for the world could perhaps be described as a technocracy.
It is a vision firmly rooted in his mindset as an engineer: Sustaining the most people at the highest standard of living in the face of booming population. Cut, dried, efficient- and yet, admirable for how he simply cuts off considerations of the pragmatics of nation-states and class. Undoubtably, I agree with him in the sense that nations and politics are invented games that only hinder our true potential at this point in our development as a species. However, he risks sounding naievely utopian if he leaves the political sphere unadressed- this book, I believe, is his attempt to grapple with the pragmatics of the situation.
As you might gather, then, many of these ideas have been dealt with elsewhere and in greater detail. Much of this is tied up with personal details of how Fuller’s inventions presumably containing the key to global post-scarcity were left by the wayside despite arousing much interest from the public and investors at the time.
Fuller’s take on the global situation is at least unique and personal. Perhaps this is due to his radically individual style- preferring to tackle every problem from his own perspective and by his own devices rather than by relying on inherited wisdom. His writing style also reflects this individuality. Liberally interspersed with neologisms and long strings of participle adjectives, it bears more than a passing resemblance to the writings of a schizophrenic.
However, by insisting on his giiants vocabulary world-around instead of worldwide, e. Is it genius or madness? A combination of the two. I wouldn’t exactly rank him with DaVinci, but the sentiment is there. Many of his ideas were indeed ahead of their time, and he insisted on a global systemic approach long before ecology made it the norm.
A pretty fun book. Buckminster Fuller has been gone for nearly 30 years and the planet and human survival cry out ggunch minds like his. A poet and genius and inventor who makes me blush that I have claimed I became a Librarian so I could be a Renaissance Man.
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This book is such a challenge to politics and politicians because it advocates looking at life and humanity from an entirely different perspective than any of their ilk. I won’t try to paraphrase the book. He is so succinct – in spite of “repetition” that I thi Buckminster Fuller has been gone for nearly 30 years and the planet and human survival cry out for minds like his. He is so succinct – in spite of “repetition” that I think of more as refrains in a song – that any attempt to summarize would be long than the book itself, which is a mere 98 pages including the index.
I will only say that I get goose bumps reading some of the observations he made in this book about economic and political trends that are so much more apparent now.
He invented a lot of words, including “livingry” to mean the opposite of weaponry, and he made it clear that if what we spent on weaponty were diverted to livingry then not only would no one starve, but every person on Spaceship Earth could live at a higher standard of living than ever conceived even by the rich.
Nov 19, Nathanael rated it did not like it Shelves: I picked up Grunch of Giants after one of my favourite authors, Robert Kiyosaki, recommended it in one of his books. So I had high expectations of this book. There were some interesting historical snippets here and there, but it was most of it was a somewhat incoherent rant against the corporations that control the world and how they had the means to solve humanity’s problems but not the will.
Mar 02, Lewis Fiecke rated it it was ok. This book is one of the most challenging I have ever read, lots of big words. The author is brilliant and I learned a great deal about the Grunch, and how the rich manipulate our government and money to legally steal from the working class. Jan 03, Dina rated it it was amazing.
Great book, mark to re-read it. Corporations or Giants are B. Fuller calls them are now endowed with the same legal rights and protection that humans used to have.
Yet those corporations operate only with single purpose of profit irrelevantly whether their behavior is anti social as in environmental damage or enslavement of humans or destruction of the earth by the last nuclear war. The Grunch of Giants explains how those corporations came to existence and how unless stopped they might annihilat Great book, mark to re-read it.
The Grunch of Giants explains how those corporations came to existence and how unless stopped they might annihilate everything on earth. Ruled by few extremely selfish individuals devoid of any social conscience or perhaps not capable of understanding the consequences of their behavior – they run amok and eventually the “human experiment” on earth will have to decide whether to progress to interplanetary civilization or self destruct.
buckmknster Jul 08, Jonnythrombosis rated it it was amazing. Jul 23, Macfrickins rated it liked it. Buckmminster critique of current socioeconomic systems corporation, banking, politicsthat in his synthetized world bucckminster are utterly illogical and from the humanistic point of view even counterproductive.
In his book he gives peak of how to understand our current situation and look at the world e. May 08, Andrew Long rated it it was amazing.
Buckminster Fuller was the Leonardo Da Vinci of the 20th century — an interdisciplinary, interaccomodative polymath with a deeply spiritual perspective on human evolution. As an ancestor of Bucky, I continue to engineer, design, and build regenerative production systems for the benefit of humanity.
Apr 21, Alok rated it really liked it. Amazing insight into the mind of a visionary.
Bucky comes off as a techno-utopian hippy who buckmindter that corporations were evil and the individual, empowered by technology, could save us. It’s like Ayn Rand but without the anti-community bias. I can’t say I agree with it all, but it’s worth a read. May 26, Jason rated it it was ok. Buclminster style of writing was not my cup of tea, but the ideas resonate. Felt like listening to an eccentric genius and required effort to follow. Unfortunately, the path for humanity RBF laid out should have been followed but wasn’t.
Aug 05, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: It reminded me of reading the book after the year had already passed to see how someone envisioned the future and how much of it has come to fruition and not. Jul 25, C. I was disappointed by this chaotic, opaque book that was heralded as a must-read by Robert Kiyosaki.
I found myself skimming this book like none other before, as I delved deeper into the confusion that was this book. It seemed as though all that was written could literally have been summarized in a single chapter or sentence.