Full disclosure – This is one of the weirdest disclosures I've ever had to write. I've gotten to know Peter and have become part of a large (everyone in it because they love the message / not because we're making a dime) marketing campaign to promote the book. If that affects your view of my review, so be it. I'd rather see the book get out there. However, read the review anyway 😉
Let's start with the elephant in the room – no, “Abundance” has NOTHING to do with any “law of attraction” nonsense. This is a book about facts.
So, the future. Is it scary? It is something we should be looking forward to? As a lover of gadgets and tech, I've always been one with an optimistic view towards what is ahead – but it's been really nice to get some solid logic behind it.
Peter Diamandis (look him up) has a long list of accomplishments under his belt. The thing that impressed me most about the guy was/is the fact that he pretty launched the commercial spaceflight industry. No, it wasn't the government, or NASA, or anyone else. Look up the Xprize if you have a few minutes. Throw in a little Singularity University and a side business that got Stephen Hawking (again, look it up) to experience Zero G weightlessness and he's an intriguing character.
But back to the book …
It's clear a guy like this will obviously be looking to the future with some excitement and expectations of good things to come. This book, however, shows not only why he's got a reason to be excited – but why we do as well.
In short, he examines four forces (exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the “Rising Billion”) that give us cause for hope and explores how they affect the hotbed issues of water, food, energy, healthcare, education, and freedom. These aren't only passion points for him – but with the people he's been able to surround himself with in life, he's experienced/touched a bunch of this.
It's personal reflection, scientific proof and some wrappers around these concepts that help you come to term with it all. It's not just a book of facts – it's a big story of, gosh darn it, why the future is better than we might have thought.
I won't go into why the book cover was designed to look like it was wrapped in aluminum but … it's all part of the big picture.
It isn't just happy juice in written form. The book is filled with a ton of supporting material for all his claims and, gosh darn it, it all seems to come together nicely.
As I wrote at the beginning of this, I'm pretty personally involved in this project right now, so consider accordingly. But after you've done that, get yourself a copy.