You Can Join Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Each year, Mark Zuckerberg shares his new year’s resolution.  I was a big fan of his 2014 resolution to write a thank you note every day, a practice I highly recommend to all.  This year, he is inviting the world (or at least the 1/4 of the world who use Facebook) to join him in a book club, with the discussions taking place on a new FB page set up for that purpose.  Every two weeks, he will pick a book that “will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.”  The first book, The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moses Naim, has already sold out on Amazon (he has to learn from Oprah, who alerted publishers to have extra print runs before she announced her book club selections). It has been recommended by Bill Clinton, Arianna Huffington, GE CEO Jeff Immelt, and a range of intellectual powerhouses. This is how the publisher describes it.

We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. But power is not merely shifting and dispersing. It is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before.

In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naím shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naím deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, eighty-nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world’s population lives in democracies. CEO’s are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world’s largest six banks combined.

Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay. Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers more quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process. Accessible and captivating, Naím offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power—and how it will change your world.

I’m signing up and have ordered the book. Sounds like a great adventure.

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2 Replies to “You Can Join Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club”

  1. Great idea by MK and Moses Naim -power is changing hands within the polity and corporate hierachhy and in Nigeria Naims book has just thematised the sudden landslide victory for change from a 16 year party in power to a new APC power formerly in the opposition.Besides the indices for power stability are decreasing and
    insurgents will hardly have their stubborn ways in the governance of the old!Many factors -including equity checklist for the margnalised in the affairs of governance .Electorates are getting more sophisticated in deciding their choice even if bribed before the elections.Soye Tj

  2. power tends to corrupt absolute power corrupts absolutely .Leaders in politics and tp notch management must imbibe READING RIGHT titles of books that will hep them mellow down their rostrum and inordinate power -apart although mortality will definitely end their tyranny and impunity gbemi tijani

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