Political Order and Political Decay : Political Order

  • von Francis Fukuyama
  • Sprecher: Jonathan Davis
  • Serie: Political Order
  • 24 Std. 5 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


The second volume of the best-selling landmark work on the history of the modern state. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order "magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition." In the New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as "a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time." And in the Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed "this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two." Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, Political Order and Political Decay is destined to be a classic.
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Beschreibung von Audible

Editors Select, September 2014 - I acquired Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order for Audible and asked for Jonathan Davis to be cast as the narrator, and it was a great combination. So, I’m biased, but Political Order and Political Decay has been my most-awaited nonfiction book for a while. It picks up where the previous book left off (at the Industrial Revolution), and unspools the history of politics until the present day. Francis Fukuyama, as narrated by Jonathan Davis, gives readers a very smart, very modern way of looking at the entire arc of world events, and tries to answer the ambitious question: 'Why does humanity even need politics?!' —Christina, Audible Editor


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great work

great audio book, well read, great information. loved it. good understanding of modern day government. local government evolution, bureaucracies, interest groups. will read volume one!
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- stephkidd32

Causation gone wild

This book was a continuation of my journey into sociology & polical science. I selected an author who is or at least was associated with the US neoconservative movement. A good way to temper my own confirmation bias after the lecture of more liberal views of the world.

This "opus magnum" covers a wide historical span and in spite of the sometimes repeated episodes is definitely a demonstration of the extensive knowledge of the author. The book however emanates the author's sympathy for on the one side Chinese tradition (and their claimed invention of a professional State) and on the other side a laudatio over the qualities of the virtues of the societal elites (to whom he certainly feels associated). The narration is a collection of cherrypicked stories that support these sympathies, worse: effects are axiomatically linked to the author's "right" causes. Like many of this claims also In his outspoken sympathy for Confusianist tradition, I would have seen more of a Plato's Republic ( were - by the way - both historical authors are roughly contemporaries).

In spite of this harsh critique, the book remains an interesting historical overview of politics, certainly not devoid of insights into the mindset of the inner circle of power of the USA. The major thought that I will take from this book is that one should not be surprised when reality goes wild when in the written excerpts of the men behind the scenes of power causation can take such extreme shortcuts.
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- Marc Dierckx

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 30.09.2014
  • Verlag: Audible Studios