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The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Limits of Nations and The Pursuit of a New Politics Hardcover – 24 Feb 2011

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st edition (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846141052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846141058
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich in both analysis and recommendations, Mark Malloch-Brown deploys his enormous talent and shrewd understanding of the forces that are shaping our world to argue for stronger, more inclusive global institutions. Drawing from a wealth of personal experience on the frontlines of world affairs, Mark's book is authentic, compelling and immensely enjoyable. His message should resonate in national and international discourse for years to come. (Kofi A. Annan, United Nations Secretary-General (1997-2006) )

In this wise and passionate book, Mark Malloch-Brown draws on his remarkable experience at the global frontlines to illuminate both the challenges of international governance and the reasons why we cannot afford to give up on it. (Queen Noor )

Mark Malloch-Brown is one of those rare statesmen who is also a public intellectual. This book combines these two qualities, making for a fascinating and important read. (Fareed Zakaria, Editor-At-Large, Time, And Author The Post-American World )

The provision of international public goods will be a defining issue of the 21st century. This rare view from inside the kitchen shows why it is such a daunting challenge. (Paul Collier, Author Of The Bottom Billion )

In this exemplary memoir of an exemplary global life, Mark Malloch-Brown has put the phenomenon of globalization and the challenges it poses for national and international governance into an historical, ethical, and prescriptive context that makes this a handbook for understanding and shaping our world. (Strobe Talbott, Author Of The Great Experiment )

Mark Malloch-Brown, who had the advantage of working closely with Kofi Annan, is a man of extraordinary talent. This book demonstrates that he is one of the most influential thinkers today on how to cope with the globalization that is rapidly transforming the world economy. This is an important book; it is in fact a tour de force. (Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor At Columbia University And Author Of In Defense Of Globalization )

The clash that will really matter, contends Mark Malloch Brown in this admirable book, is between international co-operation and old-fashioned nationalism...The author's conclusions remain cautiously optimistic. With every international agreement...we may be moving...towards the global revolution he advocates so eloquently. (The Economist )

A distillation of thoughts about the need for international institutions and politics to rise to meet global challenges...What is attractive about Malloch Brown's book is the combination of detail, authority and humility derived from decades of trying to make international co-operation work. (Alan Beattie Financial Times )

A rather extraordinary debut: part autobiography, part political tract, part polemic, all bound together by a pilgrim's progress of learning experiences...You won't find a more stimulating thesis around this year. It's passionate, perceptive and rooted in years in the trenches of global strivings. (Peter Preston The Observer )

This, after three decades of international toil, is [Mark Malloch Brown's] first book, and a rather extraordinary debut: part autobiography, part history, part political tract, part polemic, all bound together by a pilgrim's progress of learning experiences... You won't find a more stimulating thesis around this year. It's passionate, perceptive and rooted in years in the trenches of global strivings (Peter Preston Guardian )

About the Author

Mark Malloch-Brown was Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has previously been United Nations Deputy Secretary-General under Kofi Annan (2006-7), Head of the UN Development Programme (1999-2005), Vice-President of External Affairs for the World Bank (1994-9) and political correspondent for the Economist (1977-9). He is now Chairman, Global Affairs, FTI Consulting. The Unfinished Global Revolution is his first book.


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Mark Malloch-Brown has unique personal experiences and insights-journalism, elections, political philosophy, UN, World Bank, UK cabinet, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Annan, Bush, Obama, Roosevelt, Thatcher, Wolfsensohn. This will be of interest to all concerned about the future of nations and people in our world. This book well written, 240 pages, an easy read and will make you feel more qualified to judge what is to be done after getting to know more how these organizations and people functioned. We will start with his conclusions followed by his experience and knowledge on which these conclusions are based.
What are Mark's conclusions? Mark, in a controversial very public speech, stated that since Roosevelt and Truman none of the American Presidents had given full support to the United Nations and had failed to convince the American people about the benefits the United Nations could deliver. Without a commitment of the United States and other countries to building an international framework of rules and institutions the UN is unable to carry out the tasks as foreseen by Roosevelt. This speech, not surprisingly upset the American President Bush and especially John Bolton the US representative the US representative to the UN. Bolton instead of "selling" the UN to the American public did the opposite,
Mark believes that the three main challenges we face are: Integration, Growth and Limits. Integration refers to globalization with ever increasing cross border trade, growth to the absolute increase in population, three billion more people by 2050. This growth will well before 2050 hit limits in many areas, food, energy, minerals, pollution levels, water and probably financial recessions. This is likely to lead to violence.
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This is part autobiography, part essay on global leadership challenges.

I really like it because the author ends most chapters by saying 'this is what I learned'

I work for an organisation that focuses on cross sector culturally diverse leadership. This book is perfect for anyone interested in the different leadership roles played by government, NGOS and business. And how these players are changing in importance and effectiveness.
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Malloch-Brown's book is a delight to read and an incredibly insightful look into the intersection of multilateral institutions, NGOs, governments and companies as they confront the world's most difficult challenges. While he sets out a distinct world view of democratic (small "d") collaboration between actors to improve society, he is also sensibly critical of institutions of which he has been a part in the past, and even of his own actions. His stories of running campaigns in emerging democracies or managing global crises or mourning fallen colleagues leap off the page with riveting detail, but also a sense of humanity and humility that is rare from someone who has accomplished so much and at such heights. Also enjoyed the personal story of a man and his evolving world view through a rich and clearly rewarding career. I just wish that all of our leaders were as willing to share the lessons they've learned and the mistakes they've made as well as their triumphs and the mistakes of others.
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Fascinating text from an author who has had a ringside view of most of the major global events of the last 30 years. Malloch Brown mixes autobiography with polemic as he argues that the nation state model is broken and that only international co-operation on issues such as financial regulation, terrorism, poverty and the environment can prevent us from repeating the mistakes of the last half century in the next. Essential reading for anyone who takes an interest in world affairs.
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An accurate and well written book
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