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World Order by Henry Kissinger • world powers • geopolitics

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politics ● history ● economy

Recommendation 4 / 5

World Order is an impressive study that focuses on the geopolitical distribution of power. The book methodically provides a multitude of studies enhanced by anecdotal personal experience. The author focuses predominantly on Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the US. The chapters detail the regional history and a perspective on cultural differences that create fracturing in understanding and negotiation. In the beginning, we receive a tract describing the distribution of power in Europe and how the Peace of Westphalia gave the model for stability. From this point on, the…

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Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu • prosperity • economic institutions

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book cover of Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu - Prosperity

politics ● economy ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

Why Nations Fail is a masterpiece of historical study. It describes the causes of the failure and prosperity of a dozen countries in the world. To some extent the book reviews and rebukes, through counterexamples, well-settled theories that focus on geography, resources, tech coincidences etc. Alternatively, its thesis concentrates on the value of inclusive political and economic institutions, conjoined with states powerful enough to enact state rules. The authors scrutinize examples from almost every continent, by taking into consideration countries such as the US, China…