For those who have been trying to educate themselves on certain international affairs such as politics of poor countries and arms trading this book attempts to explain it. Collier certainly has his opinion about democracy and why it is failing. He argues that the wrong aspects of this system are being promoted. This has led to a lot of corruption in voting systems and the illicit trade of arms around the world.
Unlike other books on the subject, Wars, Guns, and Votes was written in a uniform manner. It is very directed at those who have a certain opinion about these topics. It is written with a wry British humor and sarcasm that comes through.
The Return of History and the End of Dreams is an interesting book which presents some intriguing ideas about the world that we live in now. Written by Robert Kagan, this book takes a realist perspective of the future of international politics and America's role in this new world.
The problems stem from this optimism that was produced by the fact that people in democratic nations saw the worldwide decline of communism as being equivalent to the rise of democracy. However, in reality, countries such as Russia and China, while not being communist, have been increasingly autocratic. There are other smaller examples such as Venezuela and some Islamic countries of the Middle East, but… Read more
Many middle managers will enjoy reading through Ackoff's Systems Thinking for Curious Managers. The systems thinking approach is one which most will see some benefit from. There is a f Law for everyone and everyone certainly will be able to relate to some of the concepts or see the mistakes of oneself or others through the systems thinking lens. The content in this book, including the 120 or so f laws are meant to be an intro to the rest of Ackoff's work.
Ackoff was a legendary man in his industry, although most were not as well aware of him as they were Deming, who helped rebuild Japan's post WWII economy. He introduced Kaizen and Just in Time thinking which helped propel… Read more