- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (7 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847396399
- ISBN-13: 978-1847396396
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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"Intriguing ... the author provides many fascinating personal insights into the crises not only in Iraq, but also Afghanistan, Kosovo, Mauretania and Sudan." - "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Carne Ross is a former senior British diplomat, author and journalist. Having resigned from the British foreign service after giving secret testimony to an official inquiry into the Iraq war (he was Britain's Iraq WMD and sanctions expert at the UN for over 4 years) he then set up the world's first independent diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat.
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Yet, in his latest book Carne Ross fiercely advocates that various forms of anarchy should be the means and end of what we strive to achieve in building local, regional and international communities. Being honest, if I was introduced to The Leaderless Revolution in that way, I would not have bothered ordering it from Amazon. I would have missed out on a very well-argued and thought-provoking read, too. Convincing? Comme ci, comme ça...
Having been following Mr Ross' work for the past few years, I may say that his career is of some inspiration for wannabe diplomats and young adepts of foreign policy-making and international relations. Fast-tracked to the FCO, he quickly joined the highest ranks of the UK's mission to the UN. Who would not dream about that? (Writing these words, my application to the UN is open in other window.) It would have been an overstatement to say that Mr Ross left the diplomatic corps in a heroic attempt to fight for his moral beliefs. Nevertheless, an underlying explanation why he did it has borne fruit with this latest book.
Strangely-structured - at least these were my early thoughts - The Leaderless Revolution begins with a number of somehow randomly chosen examples of citizens' direct participation or the lack thereof.Read more ›
Ross, now running his own diplomatic consultancy, has transformed into a thinking man's neo-anarchist whose book outlines both the failures of representative democracy in the era of globalisation and ways in which empowered individuals can succeed in the future. The author's central point revolves around the failure of institutions to meet peoples aspirations. While global surveys confirm that while people prefer democracy, as Ross puts it `they are less and less happy with the practice of democratic government'. The nation state represents an archaic and ill fitting answer to multifaceted non-localised issues, brought on by the pressures of globalisation and climate change. From flu-epidemics, to the spread of rioting, he carefully plots the ways in which our interconnectedness has led to problems which require global cooperation to solve. Yet the best efforts at multilateral cooperation have yet to deliver the answers. Ross parallels the enormous rhetoric of the 2005 G8's promise to `make poverty history' with the reality of its `utter failure' to do so with a shortfall in pledges of $20 billion.Read more ›
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Clear, written for someone who has little in depth knowledge of politics but very concise and interesting . I bought two more for revolutionary friendsPublished 13 months ago by Magikmum
A marvellous analysis and possible solutions to the current political and economic mess our supposed leaders are creating. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2012 by books
In this book, the anther tried to explain the root of all the political instability we are witnessing these days in all over the world, providing specific points any people need to... Read morePublished on 10 July 2012 by Karam Almustaa
Carne Ross's worked with the diplomatic corps for 20 years, he's seen how corruption and greed have poisoned politics. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2012 by S. L. Naish
A gorgeously written book, in parts staggeringly superficial, yet championing a truth that might transform the world. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2011 by Feyd
Very well written, very informative and - most importantly - very thought-provoking book. There is something Nietzsche-ian in the quest for the men/women who is aware of his/her... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2011 by Ardian Arifaj
This book is very well written, if more people do what is written here and take the advise, the world will be a much better place. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by Lewis P.