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The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century Hardcover – January 19, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399158728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158728
  • ASIN: 0399158723
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"An impassioned, idealistic critique of the state of global politics and the deepening rift between those with power and those without."
The Guardian
"So bold, so full of incontestable truths and overwhelming convictions, that it should be read by every diplomat, politician and thinking citizen with the courage to pick it up."
—John le Carré
“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a more interesting, informing and inspiring book than ‘The Leaderless Revolution."
—Bill Moyers
“Intriguing … the author provides many fascinating personal insights into the crises not only in Iraq, but also Afghanistan, Kosovo, Mauretania and Sudan.”
Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

 Carne Ross lives in New York City.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on January 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The philosophy outlined here presaged the sudden appearance and force of the Occupy Wall St. movement. Written with courage and candor by a former instrument of a nation (British diplomat, envoy to the UN}, it's revealing that the author not only regrets his past involvement with falsely justified and failed policy, but that he has come to reject the very notion of nation states' ability to solve any serious problems at all. Mr. Ross adroitly weaves in a narrative of his personal experiences, describing his attempts to mediate crises in the Balkans and the Middle East; hamstrung, as he came to understand, by his immersion in a myopic culture of modern noblesse oblige. There's insights throughout and even a constructive reinterpretation of the "Golden Rule" to be considered. I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about why the multi-dimensional challenges we're facing aren't going to be addressed effectively by anyone in positions of power - now or evermore. Instead you'll learn how you might act yourself from your own convictions, and along with many others doing the same, effect the change we need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is unfortunate that Amazon's superb "Look Inside the Book" has been limited by the publisher to only the introduction, as I would like the potential buyer to have a much greater feel for the book that the reviews or the few front pages can offer, before making a decision.

Here is the bottom line: nothing in this book is a new insight, and I am astonished by the claimed editorial reviews, as they seem oblivious of the decades of work by others in the areas of co-evolution, panarachy, collective intelligence, hybrid governance, open source everything, small is beautiful, human scale, Epoch B, resilience, intelligence at the edges of the network, etcetera. In other words, this book is more of a "quickie" book, not at all the "deeply researched" effort that is claimed, and it is at best a survey that barely scratches the surface of my two master lists, of lists of book reviews I have done here at Amazon, a means of reading all my reviews sorted into many categories (including the future of democracy, of capitalism, etcetera). The positive list is the one to focus on for everything that this author attempts to convey, and points to many of the sources that the book does not cite. Both lists were the foundation for my 2010 book listed below after my name. The negative list documents the obvious, but with a structure that has been lacking in critiques to date, most are incoherent for lack of an analytic model. To get to the link, just search for full name of the list as shown below.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Etienne ROLLAND-PIEGUE on November 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is strange how, without knowing each other, Carne Ross and I always sit on opposite sides of the fence. He was a UK diplomat whose job it was to secure legitimacy to deadly sanctions and an armed intervention in Iraq; I was a fervent supporter of Dominique de Villepin's speech at the UN, vigorously opposing war. He founded an NGO whose mission statement is to "provide diplomatic services to people who need it most"; I have always been concerned by the rampant privatization of government services, from armed mercenaries to hired PR consultants. He helped new states or struggling ethnic minorities carve their territory on the map; I am of the opinion that there are already too many nation-states around, and that the future belongs to superstates or federal unions like the EU. He joined the crowd occupying Wall Street and approved of their demands and participatory methods; I take these demonstrations as empty sloganeering and a disturbance to public order. He is a self-proclaimed anarchist and wants to make the world a better place, one individual at a time; I believe in social hierarchies and I would surmise that philosophers (to reverse Marx's famous thesis) have hitherto devoted too much time to changing the world in various ways; the point now is to interpret it.

I don't deny Carne Ross a certain form of courage: he stands up to his opinions, and carries his convictions to their ultimate consequences. He resigned from the UK's diplomatic corps over his country's involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq, confirming belatedly what protester all over Europe had been claiming all along. He is not afraid to label himself an anarchist, in the manner of English writer George Orwell, who took up arms to fight alongside the Spanish Republicans in 1936.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry A. Moles on April 22, 2012
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Ross has his sights set correctly on the inability of centralized authority to solve most of the global challenges confronting humankind. Governments have neither the knowledge of specific places under their control nor the money to make a difference. His insights as a former British diplomat are insightful and interesting. At the same time, the force of his essay falters at the end when he tries to craft a set of responses to the challenge. I'm glad I purchased and read the book, it is a useful touchstone in my work organizing local communities. Hopefully another author will pick up the theme and further expand the ideas with information on current movements towards local control whether in food production and distribution or dealing with other needed changes.
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