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  • The Square and the Tower

  • Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 619
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
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    4 out of 5 stars 542

Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It's about states, armies, and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power? Does it come from hierarchies or networks?

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Worth the effort

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Reviewed: 04-07-18

Interesting topic well handled by one of my favorite polymaths. Niall gets tangled up once or twice and this is not as good as my favorite of his (“The Assent of Money”). Well worth the thought and effort.

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