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The Revenge of Power


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An urgent, thrilling, and original look at how power is gained and lost

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MOISES NAIM is a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an internationally syndicated columnist. He served as editor in chief of Foreign Policy, as Venezuela's trade minister, and as executive director of the World Bank.


"If you want to really understand the current global threat to democracy, you should read The Revenge of Power. Mois�s Na�m has written a masterpiece." --David Rubenstein, co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, chairman of The Kennedy Center and The Council on Foreign Relations

"In The Revenge of Power, Mois�s Na�m, one of the most acute observers of world politics, comprehensively catalogs the threats to democracy on the part of unaccountable dictators, populists, and companies in recent years, drawing insightful parallels across disparate domains. An important and timely work." --Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University professor and author of Identity

"Another original book by an original thinker, offering a unique global perspective on populism and power." --Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer-prize winning historian and staff writer, The Atlantic

"The Revenge of Power reminds me of why I consider Mois�s Na�m one of the world's most exciting and original political thinkers. This absorbing book explores the often contradictory trends that are reshaping political power, and explains that our future depends on how they get resolved. Essential reading." --Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State

"How did the 'end of history' turn into the renaissance of autocracy? Mois�s Na�m brings his incisive analysis and global perspective to the most disturbing question of the 21st century, showing how populism, polarization and 'post-truth' politics have powered the rise of leaders from Berlusconi to Bolsonaro, Orban to Erdogan, Duterte to Donald Trump. Anyone who cares about the future of truth and democracy should read this book." --Alan Murray, CEO of FORTUNE

"An unusually smart, insightful, and elegantly written book about why authoritarians and autocrats have risen to power around the globe--and how we can defend democracy in our own backyards. No one understands power better than Mois�s Na�m, and I was hooked from the third sentence." --Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife "Na�m delivers a cogent and accessible overview of the new authoritarianism. Readers will agree that the matter is of urgent concern." --Publishers Weekly "An authoritative and intelligent portrait of the global spread of authoritarianism and its dangers...what sets [this] work apart from books like Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny and Michiko Kakutani's The Death of Truth is its unusually comprehensive armada of facts about the international drift over the past two decades toward authoritarian leaders, whether old-style dictators like Kim Jong Un or nominally elected presidents like Vladimir Putin." --Kirkus "The Revenge of Power is an unnerving read...the book serves as a forceful wake-up call to anyone who thinks a dictatorship can't happen here." --The Progressive

"The Revenge of Power is wide-ranging in scope, providing insights into our current crisis without trying to ferret out a single cause of democratic decline....filled with illustrative histories of various autocrats and the ways they honed their craft in their rise to power." --Washington Post "A foreign-policy maven's account of how recent demagogues have come to power and used the tools of our time--social media, television, the society of spectacle--to promote one-man rule and the suppression of dissent." --Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Praise for The End of 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

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