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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great insight in why rulers act the way they do depending on who they need to survive. Lots of examples including Rawlings of Ghana, the (early) United States, Burma, Mubutu, recent uprisings in the Middle East etc. etc. Based on research this well written and entertaing book offers an explanation for the suffering in large parts of the world dispite of aid efforts. It...
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by kleuter

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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky and Biased
I was horribly disappointed by this book. The model set up is expressed in terms of clunky categories rather than reflecting the real subtleties of power interplay. Add to this an unashamedly hard-right Republican stance and it's simply not worth reading.
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by Chris Martin


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 12 Feb 2012
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Great insight in why rulers act the way they do depending on who they need to survive. Lots of examples including Rawlings of Ghana, the (early) United States, Burma, Mubutu, recent uprisings in the Middle East etc. etc. Based on research this well written and entertaing book offers an explanation for the suffering in large parts of the world dispite of aid efforts. It also points out strategies for improvement.
These findings not only apply at the state level, but allso to corporations. This allso gives a fresh perspective on corporat governance and the discussion on bonusses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin!, 8 April 2013
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This review is from: Dictator's Handbook (Paperback)
Great exposition of a simple tool that yields great insights.....lots of clear examples from around the world and from actual experience...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cynicism is ok, 5 Jun 2014
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Very readable,subtle,not as simplistic as it appears,recommended.Interesting to see how all power relationships share a Darwinian connection ,no cause for western smugness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted, 4 Dec 2013
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I read the review and found interesting. So it was after I read the book. Very convenient way of purchasing books
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky and Biased, 7 Jun 2012
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I was horribly disappointed by this book. The model set up is expressed in terms of clunky categories rather than reflecting the real subtleties of power interplay. Add to this an unashamedly hard-right Republican stance and it's simply not worth reading.
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