The End of Power
From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be
The provocative bestseller explaining the decline of power in the twenty-first century -- in government, business, and beyond.
br> 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. In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor MoisÃ©NaÃilluminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research and a lifetime of experience in global affairs, NaÃexplains how the end of power is reconfiguring our world.
"The End of Power will . . . change the way you look at the world." -- Bill Clinton
"Extraordinary." -- George Soros
"Compelling and original." -- Arianna Huffington
"A fascinating new perspective . . . NaÃmakes eye-opening connections." -- Francis Fukuyama
Over the past few years, grassroots movements have redirected global conversations about power and rights, though the status quo in many cases has proved more resistant to change. Nevertheless, Na m (Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy) contends that traditional forms of power are being transformed and shifted onto new shoulders. Having served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy and the executive director of the World Bank, Na m knows better than most what power on a global scale looks like. He first guides readers through an understanding of "How Power Got Big," before demonstrating the myriad ways in which the dominance of hierarchical organizations is eroding. Technological developments have empowered individuals to group together for the betterment of society, but they have also enabled extremists to wreak havoc with very few resources. "The implications of the decay of power are momentous and manifold," Na m argues. He says that our best defense is to be prepared: we must eschew "dangerously antiquated" notions of power and shift our focus from rising to the top to "inhabit the middle of the curve in a time of massive and rapid change." It's a timely, insightful, and eloquent message.