November 2, 2000



New Publisher Releases First Book

  Paraview Press, a division of, is a newly-established book publishing company specializing in Science, Spirituality, Wellness, Responsible Business, and Ecology. Based in New York City, Paraview Press and target a global audience, including over 50 million Americans, who are interested in healthy lifestyles, personal development, and the transformation of society. Though Paraview Press acts like a traditional book publishing company—being highly selective in choosing its titles, which are then professionally edited and attractively packaged–it uses new media technology to produce its works either as print-on-demand books, which can be ordered from any bookstore, or as ebooks, which can be download instantly upon purchase and read on PCs and handheld computers.

Paraview Press is proud to announce the release of their first book:

by Jim Garrison

  "At the turn of the millennium the world is burning.” With these words begins the visionary new book by Jim Garrison, president of the State of the World Forum ( ), a non-profit institution dedicated to discerning and implementing those principles, values, and actions necessary to guide humanity toward a more sustainable global civilization.

"Transformation is occurring in every sector, at every scale, in every dimension,” continues Garrison. “Nothing we have inherited from the past is able to withstand the accelerated pace of change; everything from the future remains a perpetual possibility. Society has become completely malleable to the power of science and technology; our mind, continually susceptible to novelty; our relationships, opened to new configurations and meanings…It is almost unbelievable that 90 percent of everything that has been discovered or invented in the entire history of civilization has been invented or discovered in the past seventy﷓five years...Yet all these achievements have not made us more ethically balanced or more wise.”

At the same time, notes Garrison, “a global consciousness, spawned by economic globalization and mass communication, is for the first time uniting all of humanity into a single unit, bringing the six thousand discrete cultures and societies now existing around the world into sustained interaction. Human civilization is being reborn on a global scale.”

How are we to understand the present? Is the past framing our future or are we in a time of unprecedented newness? Both, says Garrison. “We are in a time of novelty, and we are experiencing the repetition of very deep historical patterns. To be able to discern both alternatives, separately and together, is to be able to come to terms with the paradox of power, which characterizes our age.” In this deeply probing book, Garrison illustrates how this paradox lies at the very heart of our historical, psychological, and spiritual life.

Advance Praise for Civilization and the Transformation of Power
"Civilization and the Transformation of Power is an absorbing, provocative, scintillating account of the ‘interiors' of western history—that is, the psychological and spiritual forces that historians often ignore in favor of reporting merely the exterior historical 'facts.' Jim Garrison is one of the great visionaries of our time, and his account not only traces the rise of western culture, it points beyond it to a more integral,  gracious, compassionate world, drawing on the best of both East and West, feminine and masculine, to paint a picture of a more caring tomorrow.”
– Ken Wilbur, author of A Brief History of Everything

“Here is paradox played out on the high stage of history. Here are the mythic underpinnings of civilization in its contents and discontents. Here is the tragic and transformative dialectic between Mother Mind and Father Force. And here too is the sacred psychology of God rising to be known in the unfolding of psyche in time. Within the compass of this remarkable book Garrison has garnered an understanding of emergent consciousness, the drama of the World Soul and the redemption of the higher dream.”
– Jean Houston author of Jump Time
  About Jim Garrison
  JIM GARRISON was born of Baptist missionary parents in Szechuan Province, China, in 1951. By the time he began university, he had traveled in over forty countries worldwide and was active in the anti-Vietnam war and environmental movements. As a Ph.D. student at Cambridge University (1975-1982), Garrison became engaged in the citizen diplomacy movement to reduce the nuclear tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, founded two organizations dealing with the nuclear power issues, and published two books on the topic. Throughout the 1980s, Dr. Garrison refined his skills at facilitating private discussions among leaders, directing programs that engaged in private sector diplomacy with Soviet. In 1991, he founded the International Foreign Policy Association in collaboration with Georgian President Edward Shevardnadze and former Secretary of State George Schultz, focusing on providing humanitarian relief for children in the former Soviet republics. In 1992, at the behest of Mikhail Gorbachev, Dr. Garrison founded and became the President of the Gorbachev Foundation.

These two organizations set the stage for the establishment, in 1995, of the State of the World Forum ( ) a San Francisco-based non-profit institution created to establish a global network of leaders, citizens and institutions dedicated to discerning and implementing those principles, values and actions necessary to guide humanity toward a more sustainable global civilization. The Forum has convened roughly 4,000 people from over 100 countries to its annual sessions, which have launched and directed a number of action-oriented strategic initiatives across a spectrum of areas.

Garrison’s degrees include: B.A. World History, University of Santa Clara; M.T.S., History of Religion, Harvard University; and Ph.D., Philosophical Theology, Cambridge University. He has written six books concerning the historical and theological implications of the advent of the nuclear age.
  Civilization and the Transformation of Power
By Jim Garrison
Paraview Press (Trade Paperback),
Pub. Date: November 1, 2000
ISBN: 1931044-00-7, Nonfiction
DOI: Civilization and the Transformation of Power
6x9, 359 pages, $19.95
  This book is available through,, and can be ordered through local and online bookstores nationwide.


  About Paraview Press
  Paraview Publishing is a publisher that utilizes new media technology to publish quality works in body, mind, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture -- areas related to the transformation of society. Our imprints include Paraview Press, print-on-demand books for niche audiences; Paraview Special Editions, reprints of select out-of-print books and international books; and Paraview Pocket Books, traditionally published works for a wide audience. Based in New York City, Paraview targets a global audience, including over 50 million Americans who are interested in health lifestyles, personal development and the transformation of society.

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