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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 by Moisés Naím

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BUT WHAT IS POWER?

A book about power requires a definition of power—and, just as important, a reason to take on this primordial yet in some ways most elusive of topics.

Power has focused behavior and driven competition since the dawn of society. For Aristotle, power along with wealth and friendships were the three components that added up to a person’s happiness. The premise that humans naturally seek power at a personal level, and that rulers seek to consolidate and expand their realm, is a matter of near-consensus in philosophy. In the sixteenth century Niccolo Machiavelli wrote in The Prince, his primer on statecraft, that the acquisition of territory and political control “is in truth very natural and common, and men always do so when they ...

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