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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 Moises Naim illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naim 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. He 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. Major business leaders 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, Naim offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power—and how it will change your world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The End of Power will change the way you read the news, the way you think about politics, and the way you look at the world.”

    Bill Clinton

  • “Moises Naim is one of the most trenchant observers of the global scene. In The End of Power, he offers a fascinating new perspective…[He] forces us to rethink both how our world has changed and how we need to respond.”

    Francis Fukuyama, political scientist and New York Times bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order

  • “All those who have power—or want it—should read this book.”

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil

  • “After you read The End of Power you will see the world through different eyes. Moises Naim provides a compelling and original perspective on the surprising new ways power is acquired, used, and lost—and how these changes affect our daily lives.”

    Arianna Huffington, owner of Huffington Post

  • “Analytically sophisticated…Naim’s highly original, interdisciplinary meditation on the degeneration of international power…makes a truly important contribution.”

    New York Times

  • “Naím is a courageous writer who seeks to dissect big subjects in new ways.”

    Wall Street Journal 

  • “This fascinating book…should provoke a debate about how to govern the world when more and more people are in charge.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “Naim produces a fascinating account of the way states, corporations, and traditional interest groups are finding it harder to defend their redoubts……[Naim] makes his case with eloquence.”

    Financial Times

  • “Naim knows better than most what power on a global scale looks like…. [A] timely, insightful, and eloquent message.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A timely and timeless book.”


  • “A data-packed, intriguing analysis.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[An] extraordinary new book…Readers will gain a new understanding of why power has become easier to acquire and harder to exercise. The End of Power will spark intense and important debate worldwide.”

    George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management

  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A 2013 Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book
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