Power is shifting - from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, and from presidential palaces to public squares. But power is also changing, becoming harder to use and easier to lose. As a result, argues award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím, all leaders have less power than their predecessors, and the potential for upheaval is unprecedented. In The End of Power, Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. The antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Drawing on provocative, original research and a lifetime of experience in global affairs, Naím explains how the end of power is reconfiguring our world.
©2013 Moises Naim (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
"Naím produces a fascinating account of the way states, corporations and traditional interest groups are finding it harder to defend their redoubts.... (He) makes his case with eloquence." (Financial Times)
"Having served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy and the executive director of the World Bank, Naím knows better than most what power on a global scale looks like.... [A] timely, insightful, and eloquent message.” (Publishers Weekly)
Wow - very overrated book. Bloated overkill of some obvious points. Really felt like it was just throwing a bunch of facts and anecdotes at a wall.
Extremely interesting concepts explained ad nauseum with far too much data. Perhaps a better read on paper back for easier skimming.
The narrator of this book was terrible. I could not listen to him, and ended up reading the book instead. The author, who spoke in the intro, was great and would have been a better choice.
"I hope we are reading this in getting a BA degree. We all need to be inspired to consider how the world is evolving, and our pla"
If I were getting a BA degree I would want to be reading this. Actually, I think even high schoolers would enjoy and profit from this book. It is mostly a very good education, not biased, informative, mind opening.
A fascinating, more in depth study of a theme only lightly touched on in Better Angels of our Nature. Also interesting because of the access the writer had to some many of the worlds power brokers. Essential reading and a clear no fuss performance.
I really appreciated the depth of information covered. i wanted to listen multiple times, and actually took notes, because the intelligent points of view stated have far reaching repercussions and/or benefits depending on how we/society responds. loved it.
The story is very fluid and moves at a constant pace. Even from chapter to chapter it was difficult to find places to stop I managed to get through the complete book in four days.
As there are many different charters in the book it is hard to pin point.
Personal experiance and a wide ranging knowledge of the subject matter give the depth and width to the subject without creating confusion.the personal touch at the beginning of the book also reinforces this fact.
I don't think the title needs to be changed it is as it says the end of power you could remix this but I don't think it is not needed.
I thought this was a wonderful book and I would look forward to a possible follow up. It would be interesting for the author to maybe look into where power after degrading ends up and if there is a possible growth. Through out history civilisations and power bases have either collapsed or feather out into obscurity, however even with the complexity of our modern society there is still a possibility that some one or something will rise up and become a power in its own right. I think it is currently difficult to predict this but that it will eventually happen. With the authours knowledge it would make for an interting follow up. And I will be the first to get a copy!
"Could have said it in 15 mins lots of repetition."
interesting point but way to drawn out
I wouldn't recommend it to others as there was no real story just examples.
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