Robert McCrum (The Bookman finds his weekly Observer columns consistently thoughtful and well constructed)
The Observer, Sunday 21 June 2009
Typically, such a book does three things. First, it tells stories. Second, through analytical parables, it explicates a new and troubling situation. Third, it says that the perverse and often baffling world in which we find ourselves can, after all, become manageable. It's no coincidence that this genre has flourished at a time of astonishing technological, economic and social innovation. Not only does the millennial world seem confusing, the new century also seems to threaten the foundations of the old order. Nothing can be taken for granted. Climate? The sky is falling. Credit? We're bankrupt. The printed word? Everything will be virtual.