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on 10 June 2016
To wit, and to quote:

“The modern vernacular of politics and international relations, from balances of power and hegemony of partisanship and national interest, is the stuff of high school civics and nightly news punditry. And so, you may be delighted – or disappointed – to hear that this particular book of politics is not concerned with any of this. Our account of politics is primarily about what ‘is’, and why what is, is.

“There are certain common principles behind bettering the world – whether we are looking at the welfare of shareholders in publicly traded corporations, the quality of life for citizens in a democracy or the conditions under which billions live in oppressive and impoverished third-world countries. These commonalities need to be laid bare before we tackle the specifics of fixing particular problems in particular places.”

Anyone knowingly not reading this book will remain ignorant of these communalities; reading it will not make you a genius either, but reading will leave you a lot less of a politically innocent nincompoop than before – and I speak of personal experience here.
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on 28 November 2016
Not for the sentimental - this book give an easy to grasp framework for understanding dictatorships - more importantly it gives a clear rational on what we should do and why sentimentality is the enemy of the poor and downtrodden.
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on 22 December 2014
The first twenty pages are a bit of a put-off in terms of writing style, but it soon loosens up and becomes a fascinating exposition of selectorate theory, which the author has been developing over much of his career. It's really compelling stuff.
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on 21 August 2017
I very much enjoy this book
A must-read book for people interested in politics and leadership.
Eye-opener in many ways.
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on 14 June 2017
An excellent read - provocative & insightful.
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on 7 August 2017
Tedious and repetitive. Though very informative and well researched, it lacked wit
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on 6 June 2017
Simply the best book about politics you can read. You gain years of experience in just few hours.
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on 11 March 2017
Great book
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on 27 November 2016
Great book and offers great food for thought.

It quickly becomes tiresome, though, as it tries to explain EVERY single aspect of leadership under the theory the authors developed. At this it falls short by making multiple strawman arguments and highlights a complex situation under the light of the book's theory.

Another (strictly personal) thing that annoyed me is the differentiating use of gender pronouns. Pick one and stick to it, don't differentiate them every chapter. It becomes confusing.

Other than that it is a good book that offers a lot food for thought, especially the sections about foreign aid. Worth it
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on 22 December 2014
Based on a very simple model of human governance, the authors provide lucid and compelling insights into the realities of power structures that apply to anything from companies to FIFA to countries. These insights are often depressing or at least sobering, sometimes counter-intuitive and undermining one's faith in humanity, but hard to argue with. One example is that foreign aid is a great instrument if you want poverty and tyrannical regimes to persist...
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