In This Review

Progress for a Small Planet
Progress for a Small Planet
By Barbara Ward
Norton, 1979, 305 pp

Mastering the problems of our "most tumultuous" epoch requires "the application to the planetary community of certain of the basic principles which govern and harmonize domestic society." This is not the first time Barbara Ward has struck this note, but her new book-written with the verve that marks all her work-is exceptionally comprehensive and synthesizing in its discussion. Economic development is, as always, a central theme, but the bulk of the book concentrates on the demands put on the industrialized countries that "tend toward something not much short of a new concept of technological society." Relying on concrete measures that have worked (though often on a limited scale), Ward is optimistic about the technical possibilities but not about the willingness of people or nations to do what they need to do to keep things from getting worse.