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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be | [Moises Naim]

The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Rosalie Chang 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Proper use of Power"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Power to be better than the print version?

    We can not niegate (lessen) or forget our ancestors existence we must learn from them so that future generations may contribute according to their gifts (abilities) Thy WILL Be DONE


    What did you like best about this story?

    Audio very agreeable should include school books as well


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    stuart colburn 02-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but wordy"

    The same points could have been made in fewer words. The concepts are sound but it appeared the thesis was lengthened excessively.

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    Christopher S Lipsit 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit overkill"

    Extremely interesting concepts explained ad nauseum with far too much data. Perhaps a better read on paper back for easier skimming.

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    Luke Bruges, Belgium 01-25-15
    Luke Bruges, Belgium 01-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of Power the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As there are many different charters in the book it is hard to pin point.


    What does Moises Naim and Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could give The End of Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Alan Edward Yue San Francisco, CA USA 01-24-15
    Alan Edward Yue San Francisco, CA USA 01-24-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Recommended by Zuckerberg"

    Well worth the listen/read. Great insight for any leader, manager, or other professional who must manage change in a dynamic world. good for those who are studying Leadership. Relevant underscoring timeless dynamics applicable anytime and anywhere.

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    Candy 01-15-15
    Candy 01-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good review of the evolution of power"
    What did you love best about The End of Power?

    It covered briefly the history of power in business, politics, and religion


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How power as been impacted by the more, mobility, and mentality revolutions.


    What about Moises Naim and Don Hagen ’s performance did you like?

    Narration was decent. I was hoping that the Arthur, Moises Naim, would not narrate because his accent would distract from the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions but I was happy that the book gave a review of how businesses operate.


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    Rich Weatherill 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Synthesizes a collection of ideas"

    I have been exposed to most of the ideas already but Naim brought them together and clarified elements I was not familiar with. A great read that sweeps across a range of environments where power is changing.

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    tracy danziger east hampton, ct, US 02-05-15
    tracy danziger east hampton, ct, US 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "immensely informative, and thought provoking"

    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.

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    "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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