The End of Power

The End of Power

From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be

Book - 2014
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Mark Zuckerberg's inaugural pick for his "Year of Books" challenge, The End of Power updates the very notion of power for the 21st century. Power, we know, is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. But power is not merely dispersing; it is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before.

In The End of Power , award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Mois#65533;s Na#65533;m illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Na#65533;m shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Na#65533;m deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, eighty-nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world's population lives in democracies. CEO's are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world's largest six banks combined.

Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay. Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers more quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process. In this accessible and captivating book, Na#65533;m offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power-and shows how it will change your world.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780465065691
Branch Call Number: ANF 303.3 NAI
Characteristics: xiii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Mar 22, 2015

Oh, wow! That sounds really gucci, CatherineG-1! Obviously, this guy is an employee of the World Bank, and obviously he will never explain that which is owned in the Western Hemisphere, especially North America, is through cross-stock ownership, illegal for quite awhile in the USA! Nor will he mention that the banks primarily own everything, the major ownership of Fortune 1000 corporations, all the financial exchanges and clearinghouses, et cetera, and certainly they own the oil companies. [FYI: author used to be with Foreign Policy, owned by Graham Holdings, formerly owners of the Washington Post, Phil Graham having worked for Allen Dulles at the OSS, and Katharine Meyer Graham the daughter of a former head of the Federal Reserve Bank. Imagine publishing this book right before the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership!!!]

CatherineG_1 Jan 05, 2015

Mark Zucherberg's CEO of Facebook has chosen this book as his first choice for his biweekly book club.

May 12, 2013

Classic redirection, misdirection, and misinformation. The critical point (where critical thinking is actually involved) is who owns those companies and corporations and oil companies and munitions companies and pharmaceutical companies, and most of all, the top banks? We now realize that the global economic meltdown was carefully planned and executed, with pretty much everything rigged (LIBOR rates, ISDA interest rate swaps' rates, and so forth). This guy is far too misleading, and avoiding the real facts. Why and how was it possible for the democratically-elected government of Honduras to be overthrown? Who was behind the multiple assassination attempts/coups of the Chavez administration in Venezuela? Let the author address real questions, not his fiction!

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