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)
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This book was painfully mind numbing. A waste of money and time. Great topic but story lost in meaningless dribble.
"Here are a bunch of facts from ny times articles"
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.
"A bit overkill"
Extremely interesting concepts explained ad nauseum with far too much data. Perhaps a better read on paper back for easier skimming.
"Good theory but redundant"
The idea itself is good. But the book is so redundant.
The whole theory is that power acquisition and preservation is different nowadays because of internet, globalization, and easy access to knowledge. It's easier to get access power but also easy to lose it.
The book repeats some ideas several ideas which makes it so boring. I wish he summarized his ideas better.
"Good ideas poor narration"
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.
"Good message but pretty boring"
Thought the overall concept was interesting , but definitely boring. Really didn't need to be this long.
"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.
"Essential companion to Better Angels"
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.
"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.
"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.
"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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