The book is divided into four sections: The Dream of Technological Salvation, The Waiting World, The Failure of the Dream and Beginning Again. In them, Mead argues that much of the unprecedented human suffering of the present is due to the misguided effort of both the developed and developing nations since 1945 to solve all major problems by extending to the poor countries the high technology and political centralization of the rich. The photographs are in the humanist tradition. 250 pages; 167 b&w photographs; 8.75 x 11.25 inches. Cloth covered hardback. Includes a bibliography and caption list.