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Download Á The Suare and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it' Eric SchmidtMost history is about the people at the top of the towers of power But what if the real action is in the social networks down below in the town suares Niall Ferguson the international bestselling author of Empire The Ascent of Money and Civilization brilliantly recasts past and present as an unending contest between hierarchies and networks'Provocative snappy a rare book fasten your seatbelts' Peter Frankopan Daily Telegraph'Immensely stimulating absorbing illuminating sends ideas blazing all over the place one of the best popular historians of our time' David Goodhart Prospect'Powerful fast paced a pull yourself together warning to the present by way of arresting historical precedent' Andrew Anthony Guardian'Captivating and compelling' Jonathan A Knee The New York Times. The Suare and the Tower is the rare book that is a must read not only for armchair intellectuals like myself but also for academics politicians CEOs and those in any kind of position of responsibility I say this not because the book is always correct or even on point but because several of the ideas emphasized in this book are important enough that they should be considered debated upon and ultimately deemed useful or falsified by the intelligentsiaEssentially the core idea in this book is that the role and influence of social networks throughout history has been downplayed by historians because of their reliance on state archives which tend to stress the role of hierarchies Because of this the rise in the power of social networks spawned by the computer age is mistakenly thought to be an entirely new phenomenon In fact argues Ferguson the struggle between networks and hierarchies is at least as old as human historyTo marshal support for this argument Ferguson begins the book with a summary of network theory He then retells the story of modernity from this perspective leading up to an ultimate chapter considering the future of human civilization You certainly cannot say that Ferguson aims too smallThere are some unresolved tensions in this narrative Some of the chapters rely on real applications of network theory while some are anecdotal This is because the idea of what is a social network seems to grow and expansive Eventually Ferguson writes that hierarchies themselves are a type of social network Of course he is right in a sense but this tends to blunt the paradigm of a dichotomy between networks and hierarchies In addition if every relationship between human beings is a social network then network theory does explain all of human history But isn t this basically then a tautologyFerguson also goes on many tangents For example his vociferous arguments that the culture of Islam is a key element of Arab terrorism versus seeing terrorists as fanatics from any religion does not seem to really be central to the book s themesNevertheless Ferguson has either achieved a landmark accomplishment in the telling of history with important conseuences for our current societies or he has overstressed the importance of networks in modern history That is a uestion for professional historians to decide To become acuainted with this perspective to see new technologies and new forms of communication through this lens is something all persons with some share of responsibility for society should at least consider And I might add the book is fun and insightful reading for armchair intellectuals as well

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Download Á The Suare and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it' Eric SchmidtMost history is about the people at the top of the towers of power But what if the real action is in the social networks down below in the town suares Niall Ferguson the international bestselling author of Empire The Ascent of Money and Civilization brilliantly recasts past and present as an unending contest between hierarchies and networks'Provocative snappy a rare book fasten your seatbelts' Peter Frankopan Daily Telegraph'Immensely stimulating absorbing illuminating sends ideas blazing all over the place one of the best popular historians of our time' David Goodhart Prospect'Powerful fast paced a pull yourself together warning to the present by way of arresting historical precedent' Andrew Anthony Guardian'Captivating and compelling' Jonathan A Knee The New York Times. It started off strong with a basic description of network theory however about three uarters into the book the writing seems to be a bit meandering The author takes a historical look at networks and hierarchies from the far past up to the present I didn t think the book flowed very well and it seems that the author was trying to make the same point over and over with various examples Toward the final chapters the writing seems to be political opinion One chapter talks about the rise of Islamic extremism but I really wasn t sure where he was going with that I had assumed he was going to delve into the networks and hierarchies of religious groups and religious zealotry He didn t It read like an opinion piece Overall I believe the book was longer than it needed to be and I bet someone can write a book book on how networks where a major determinant of world history

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Download Á The Suare and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Û PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it' Eric SchmidtMost history is about the people at the top of the towers of power But what if the real action is in the social networks down below in the town suares Niall Ferguson the international bestselling author of Empire The Ascent of Money and Civilization brilliantly recasts past and present as an unending contest between hierarchies and networks'Provocative snappy a rare book fasten your seatbelts' Peter Frankopan Daily Telegraph'Immensely stimulating absorbing illuminating sends ideas blazing all over the place one of the best popular historians of our time' David Goodhart Prospect'Powerful fast paced a pull yourself together warning to the present by way of arresting historical precedent' Andrew Anthony Guardian'Captivating and compelling' Jonathan A Knee The New York Times. His books always provide a logical and informative parade of ideas and characters they reuire reading with focus to secure all the ideas on handI found that I would sit back after every 10 pages or so and ask myself how can I apply the idea just presented or where have I seen it happen this is a book that demands you take the time and devote the mind energy to read it it is well worth it

  • 608pages
  • The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power
  • Niall Ferguson
  • English
  • 06 July 2020
  • 0141984813