Readers of The Economist will have a pretty good idea of how its deputy editor sees the world of 2025. Privatization and performance contracts are up, government functions are down. Shortages produce gluts; faith is high in computers, drugs and market forces; the by now rather tiresome teleconferencing among people in remote places is omnipresent. There are some new factors, including child labor in the West (with more playtime later in life) and a dash for economic freedom without democracy in the U.S.S.R. The documentary-plus-biography approach has its attraction; the style is sometimes arch but mostly amusing. There are stimulating points and the author is aware of complexity, not least in a looming Hegelian antithesis at the end of the time period.