Chapter 1

The Age of The Instant Crisis

(with Bernice Stevens)

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Crises have existed as long as civilization itself. Caesar was murdered on the steps of the Theatre of Pompey in 44 BC. Henry VIII defied the Roman Catholic Church in 1534. The Great Chicago Fire killed hundreds in 1871. Nearly 150 garment workers were killed in 1904 in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory because doors to stairwells and exits were locked. In more modern history world, leaders have been attacked and killed, and countries have faced the agony of attacks and wars.

What those challenges had in common was time—time to assess the situation, time to react, and time to repair. ...

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