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No way to run the world..., 31 July 2006
Without duplicating the other reviews, a good read which for me highlighted the disconnect between the old world order of backroom deals and verbal agreements which sustained empires lead by a relatively small political class, and the new world of nationalism and unsustainable expectations in the name of "self determination".
What comes shining through is the virtual chaos of the big three when it came to making and trying to sustain policy, and the way in which the smaller / emerging nations and sub-nations were able to manipulate these very powerful men to achieve their ends - most often in contradiction of some other verbal agreement made the afternoon before.
Enough of the serious stuff - an enjoyable read which kept the interest in the subject right to the end