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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 Paperback – 11 Mar 2014
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"In my own experience as president of Brazil I observed first hand many of the trends that Naím identifies in this book, but he describes them in a way that is as original as it is delightful to read. All those who have power--or want it--should read this book."―Fernando Henrique Cardoso
"Moisés Naím's extraordinary new book will be of great interest to all those in leadership positions--business executives, politicians, military officers, social activists and even religious leaders. Readers will gain a new understanding of why power has become easier to acquire and harder to exercise. The End of Power will spark intense and important debate worldwide."―George Soros
"After you read The End of Power you will see the world through different eyes. Moisés Naím provides a compelling and original perspective on the surprising new ways power is acquired, used, and lost--and how these changes affect our daily lives."―Arianna Huffington
"[An] altogether mind-blowing and happily convincing treatise about how 'power is becoming more feeble, transient, and constrained.'"―Nick Gillespie, Barron's
"Moisés Naím's The End of Power offers a cautionary tale to would-be Lincolns in the modern era. Naím is a courageous writer who seeks to dissect big subjects in new ways. At a time when critics of overreaching governments, big banks, media moguls and concentrated wealth decry the power of the '1%,' Mr. Naím argues that leaders of all types--political, corporate, military, religious, union--face bigger, more complex problems with weaker hands than in the past."―Wall Street Journal
"Analytically sophisticated...[a] highly original, inter-disciplinary meditation on the degeneration of international power.... The End of Power makes a truly important contribution, persuasively portraying a compelling dynamic of change cutting across multiple game-boards of the global power matrix."―Washington Post
"This fascinating book...should provoke a debate about how to govern the world when more and more people are in charge."―Foreign Affairs
"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
"The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be is a wide-ranging, stimulating romp through the last 20 years or so in search of a universal explanation for the unraveling of the well-ordered, predictable postwar world of the late 20th century."―National Catholic Reporte
"A timely and timeless book."―Booklist
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Moises is a polotician trying to stich together the changes technology and information revolution has brought. He fails to keep a an interesting
narrative or give more insights beyond the first 100 pages.
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In 1950, there was only 1 nuclear power, and now there are many. That DOESN'T mean that that single nuclear power has gotten weaker, but rather that there is altogether more destructive power in play in the world. Even in 1950, it isn't as though the US could have "conquered the world" because it was the only country with nuclear weapons- that alone wouldn't have been sufficient. The same remains true today. The USA is the strongest nuclear power, and military power, but, comparatively the other major powers have ALSO become more powerful. The difference is, that while the US wasn't capable of decimating the world single-handedly in 1950... it could now. So could Russia. So can China. Perhaps so could France and Great Britain. The OVERALL ability to project force/destruction/power has only increased across the board.
The same could be said about economic power. While there was a global economy in 1950, it wasn't nearly as large and developed as it is now. That gives another lever of power to large countries which they really didn't have before. Hard and soft power have become much more interchangeable and mutually supporting. Economic sanctions in 1950 might not have had much of an effect on many smaller countries in 1950... but in the modern world? Besides countries which have explicitly prepared for them, they can be more economically devastating than an actual war, in some cases.
Definitely should be read!
Power cannot please all the people, but shifting the power through the use of four channels is what this book is based upon, not the end of power. Moises Niam, a talented commentator having had a career in both government and journalism tries to cover the globe and explains his theory on the structure of power, from his statistics and anecdotes developed through his own writing formula.For those wishing to enter leadership of any kind, then this does become a must read, as its content is about mind changing actions regarding world-views. Everything and anything to do with power and how one attains it, or loses it, is covered by conversational interviews and examples to prove his points.
With interest, I delved into the chapter regarding the power of advertising and how the mighty players yield their power of persuasion through many worldly channels. Right there is worth the money to purchase this book if you are in any way contemplating a marketing career. Moises Niam, also cleverly uses words to build up his readers knowledge on an abundant of faith following powers. There use of future actions, and how they have their own job banks for their followers, is described through his pitch and how he sees their rewards given.
However, I don’t think this book is for everyone as it could have been condensed, and not so repetitious as he steers you in his outlook of some surprising powerful mind opening possibilities. Your choice, if you have an open mind and not closed to others opinions it is a very insightful read.