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

The End of Power From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States Why Being in Charge Isn t What It Used to Be We know that power is shifting From West to East and North to South from presidential palaces to public squares from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and slowly but surely fr

  • Title: The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used to Be
  • Author: Moisés Naím
  • ISBN: 9780465065684
  • Page: 202
  • Format: ebook
  • We know that power is shifting From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women But power is not merely shifting and dispersing It is also decaying Those in power today are constrained in what they can do with it and at riskWe know that power is shifting From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women But power is not merely shifting and dispersing It is also decaying Those in power today are constrained in what they can do with it and at risk of losing it than ever before In The End of Power, award winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Mois s Na m illuminates the struggle between once dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor Drawing on provocative, original research, Na m shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis Na m deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace Examples abound in all walks of life In 1977, eighty nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today than half the world s population lives in democracies CEO s are constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors Modern tools of war, cheaper and accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned than the world s largest six banks combined Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process Accessible and captivating, Na m offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power and how it will change your world.

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    1. Interesting thesis, but it could have been said in 30 pages rather than 300. The writing is dull and dry. The examples are broad but the research is not deep. There are too many statistics and not enough stories. The evidence cited is shallow enough that the book is not convincing and the writing repetitive enough that it is not engaging.

    2. The End of Power by Moisés Naím has some problems, more on that later. But something fundamental bothered me about it the entire time I was reading it. After a few weeks of reflecting on it here and there I figured it out—it was the title. This book is not about the end of power at all, it's about the shifting of power. The book title was likely concocted by the publisher's marketing department. Let's face it, definitive, catastrophic statements sell better than ideas about movement or shift [...]

    3. A couple of weeks ago I saw a PBS NewsHour interview with Moisés Naím on his new book, THE END OF POWER, and I just had to read it. I did so this week. I found it to be a fascinating examination of the erosion of centralized authority in a broad pantheon of fields: government, finance, the military, education, business, religion, philanthropy, labor unions, even competitive chess. Naím draws intriguing examples from the proliferation of sovereign states and from such disparate entities as the [...]

    4. The End of Power starts like dynamite.Moises Naim, an extremely well-respected and well-informed author (he thanks everybody who's anybody in the acknowledgments except perhaps for David Beckham) is truly on fire to begin with. He starts the book by telling you what power is. He defines it as the ability to make others do what you want them to do. It's not about the size of your army or your nuclear stockpile or your advertising budget. It's the ability to get your way.Next, he sets up a matrix, [...]

    5. Очень мощная книга!Во-первых, автор не просто диванный аналитик, а бывший исполнительный директор всемирного банка, а также ранее занимал должность министра торговли и промышленности Венесуэлы. Наим также известный политолог, его институт Готтлиба Дуттвайлера включил в [...]

    6. The end of power by Moises NaimThis book has had me in its grip like few nonfictions have. I started this book simply because of Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books suggestion on Facebook. I was interested in experiencing the reading of a book at the same time that thousands others were reading it and discussing it online. That hasn't really happened. No posts have emerged from the page after the suggestion. :/So it is gratifying that I liked the book so much. I started off disagreeing with a lot [...]

    7. This book should be a (new) compulsory text for anyone studying / interested in power and politics. Systematic and comprehensive account of how power is not only shifting but inherently changing. Not all of it is necessarily his own original thought, but Naim nonetheless offers a compelling argument as to why we need to recognize that power is not only changing hands, but that that our fundamental conceptions and assumptions surrounding 'power' are in need of redefinition as well. Loved it.

    8. Sometimes a bit long and repetitive, and I didnt think the title appropriate until the last chapter, since I agreed with another comment that power has shifted more than disappeared. But his points are all valid and his writing fluid and enjoyable to read, if overly long. The last chapter, though, especially gave me food for thought. I have long felt the loss and the need for elected representatives whom I can trust to follow the guidelines of a philosophy spelled out in the platform of a politi [...]

    9. Siempre había considerado a Moisés Naím como un economista por lo que me sorprendió que en una entrevista televisa reciente lo presentaran como economista y periodista. Sin embargo, revisando con calma su trayectoria profesional encuentro que la presentación es muy justa y que su labor como columnista y articulista muestran claramente sus dotes como divulgador de temas desde una óptica que nunca reniega de su formación como economista. En El fin del poder encontramos un libro prolijo en d [...]

    10. Mark Zuckerberg hit it out of the park with this one, the first selection in his attempt to channel Oprah Winfrey with his own “book club.” The End of Power is a remarkably insightful inquiry into the limits of power in today’s wired world, when a tiny group of fanatics can upend national policy half a world away. As Naim writes, referring not just to global leadership but to corporate executive suites, established churches, and the military, “the powerful are experiencing increasingly g [...]

    11. Thought provoking and a good thing to have read - however I do think some of his conclusions are weakened by context (i.e. he's focused only on certain aspects of power and certain networks). Not sure I fully agree he has proven his thesis - though the basic message that "power" today isn't the same as power was in the past is fairly true - if also not as notable as he seems to think it is. I don't mean to be harsh - I learned a great deal and enjoyed reading this book for the thought provoking [...]

    12. Moise Naim offers an exhaustive account of all the ways power is more diffuse and less easy to hold onto in the contemporary era. The "end of power" affects all players too: corporations, philanthropies, religions, NGOs, and of course governments. He argues this is the result of three concurrent revolutions:1) The More Revolution: there is more of everything now, especially people who live longer and have access to more economic and technological resources, and it is "overwhelming the means of c [...]

    13. I hopped on the Zuckerberg bandwagon and decided to read this book. It took me a long time to finish because although the concept is engaging (like, you mean the END of power?) the writing is not so much.Chapter 4 (about the More, Mobility, and Mentality Revolutions) and chapters 5 through 9 (examples of decay in different contexts) were the most enjoyable. Naím makes a good case that power, indeed, is decaying in business, the military, politics, and elsewhere.Where he lost me was in chapters [...]

    14. Pardon the play on words but this is a very powerful book. Naime attempts to delve into why ever major traditional source of power we have known for generations - indeed centuries -- has been rocked and knocked from their pedestals. I do not agree with a number of his conclusions but I am somewhat haunted by the book (in a good way). My view is we have entered a new Dark Ages of sorts, where materialism, fear and the collapse of faith in God has led to the implosion in faith and respect for poli [...]

    15. (Speaking for myself only, not the site I founded which is generously cited in this book)Power is flowing to regular people, people who've never had much of a voice, largely facilitated by the Internet.)The End of Power discusses the categories of power and influence, and how the nature of power is decentralizing at an evolutionary pace. (Not so bad, since modern revolutions get people killed, and often the new boss is as bad as the old boss, or worse.)Maybe End of Power will inspire more people [...]

    16. The End of Power expands the banal point that challenges to power in business, politics, religion and other realms arise more quickly, less predictably and more successfully than ever before in human history. The author attributes this shift in power dynamics to material abundance, population mobility, and rising aspirations among societies as they climb Maslow's hierarchy. From here he proposes new social, political and economic mechanisms to harness power and avoid chaos. If this logic flow se [...]

    17. If you enjoy playing monopoly or aspire to reign the entire galaxy, this book is for you. According to Moises Naim, all you need to do is adapt to the decay of power in the world today. It should be noted that Moises Naim possesses an incredible resume. He has exercised power through different means as the Minister of Trade and Industry in Venezuela, as the executive director of the World Bank, as the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine and as an academic in multiple think tanks and the C [...]

    18. Finally, here's a book that's annoying enough for me to actually spend time explaining the 1 star rating I've given it. If I had a "forced to skim because I feel guilty about not finishing a book I bought" shelf, this book would be the prime exhibit. Naìm tries to argue that power itself is decaying, not merely shifting or being redistributed among more numerous and more mobile actors who've undergone a radical shift in mentality. However his insistence on this point is what makes it both absol [...]

    19. What attracted me to this book was the credentials of the author, a former high ranking official in the Venezuelan government- would seem to be a position where one would quickly learn about the abuse of power. Sadly there is no mention of the authors time in the South. Instead the author crafted a most excellent story about change and what it means for all of us, good and bad. To start with the decline of power has largely been a good thing, more people are now capable of living life on terms t [...]

    20. Okay, I admit it. I was curious about this book because Mark Zuckerberg tried to make it happen. When he announced that reading was a worthwhile pursuit after all and maybe some people should get off the internet for a bit to more deeply engage in concepts presented in book form, my interest was piqued. What book could have made Mr. Facebook try to get the whole of his social media network to read?The result is what you might expect. It's the kind of think book high-powered business executives t [...]

    21. The premise of this book was very interesting. The execution of the premise was kind of mind numbingly hard to read. It felt repetitive and overwrought. While the author tries to tie things into a positive ending, he spends so much more time talking about how almost every existing bastion of power, from corporations, to governments, to churches, to charities, are losing the ability to make changes (for good or for bad). I also felt the author went out of his way to discredit the role that the in [...]

    22. I enjoyed the book of Mr. Naim, due to its intriguing, catchy, and appealing topic that reflects a gruesome reality. Nevertheless, the approach taken by the author, as well as the writing made it for me hard to comprehend it in some occasions. Moreover, the lack of storytelling, together with the surfeit of different examples, created the threshold of a havoc in my reading. In contrast, the incentives of this reality-based-topic managed to convince me that the theme of the book is one that needs [...]

    23. Mr. Naim makes the point that the power of the elites is eroding; nothing new here. The kings of the 1600’s (L'état, c'est moi- anyone?) had more power than anyone does today, but even they had less power than Caesar or Pharaoh. The central conceit of the book is the belief that the State, and its power-sharing partners: the church, the military, big business, and the other members of the oligarchy, are necessary for society. Mr. Naim’s education stopped at Hobbes, he has never read Schumpe [...]

    24. Un profundo y brillante análisis de Moisés Naim sobre el poder en nuestros días, con una tesis central aparentemente sencilla cada día es más fácil obtener el poder, pero más difícil mantenerlo", conclusión que ilustra con innumerables ejemplos de las tres revoluciones que han originado esta situación: Masa, Mentalidad y Movilidad. Pero no todo es alegría en este escenario, porque la ausencia de instituciones fuertes, la preeminencia de las ONGs no favorece el equilibrio en el poder. [...]

    25. The chapter on the collapse of power in the religious world could have been more substantive. Concentrating almost exclusively on the Roman Catholic Church's loss of influence in Latin America, Naim ignores such trends as the rise of non-demoninationalism in the U.S the emerging church movement, and the increasing number of people who say they have no official religious affiliation. On the whole, though, this is a very insightful read. I would have to say that it is one of the most interesting b [...]

    26. As a couple of other reviewers on have mentioned, the title is inappropriate because it's not the end of power but merely a change in its nature.The book starts well and provided decent frameworks for thinking and analysing the changes. It also gave examples of changes in the way power is held by individuals, authorities, the media etc.However, the last few chapters of the book felt very repetitive and I found myself only sleepily half-listening to it on my plane journey home.

    27. The central premise of this book is that technology, society, and the world has changed such that small groups or organizations can take or threaten the power of longstanding large entities like never before. The author provides statistics, facts, and anecdotes through history and today to illustrate and support. Not a huge ah- ha for me, as the first 2/3 of the book are concepts I learned in business school. Decent read though for someone without as much knowledge of power shifts.

    28. Una obra maestraCon esta joya de la ciencia política Naim se garantiza un sitial como uno los pensadores políticos contemporáneos más audaces en el estudio del Poder y sus nuevas dimensiones. Un libro de obligada consulta y una referencia obligada en la historia de las ideas del presente siglo.

    29. Repetitive Loop :Despite the repetitive nature of the discourse of this book, the information conveyed is quite valuable. It reads like a textbook however, so prepare yourself to commit to the journey. I will be returning to this book often as a reference resource. And, the ending conclusion begs for additional volumes

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