The Revenge of Power with Moisés Naím

  • 22 Mar 2022
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The Revenge of Power with Moisés Naím

About the Book

The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats Are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century

“One of the most acute observers of world politics comprehensively catalogs the threats to democracy. An important and timely work.” —Frank Fukuyama, Professor, Stanford University

“An unusually smart, insightful, and elegantly written book. No one understands power better than Moises Naim, and I was hooked from the third sentence.” —Adam Grant, bestselling author

“Another original book by an original thinker, offering a unique global perspective on populism and power.” —Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer-prize winning historian and staff writer, The Atlantic

“Anyone who cares about the future of truth and democracy should read this book.” —Alan Murray, CEO, FORTUNE

“If you want to really understand the current global threat to democracy, you should read The Revenge of Power. Moises Naim has written a masterpiece.” —David Rubenstein, co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, Chairman of the Kennedy Center and The Council on Foreign Relations

“This absorbing book explores the often contradictory trends that are reshaping political power, and explains that our future depends on how they get resolved. Essential Reading.” —Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State

Moisés Naím’s The Revenge of Power is an urgent, thrilling, and original look at the future of democracy. It illuminates one of the most important battles of our time: the future of freedom and how to contain and defeat the autocrats mushrooming around the world.

In his bestselling book The End of Power, Moisés Naím examined power-diluting forces. In The Revenge of Power, Naím turns to the trends, conditions, technologies and behaviors that are contributing to the concentration of power, and to the clash between those forces that weaken power and those that strengthen it. He concentrates on the three “P”s―populism, polarization, and post-truths. All of which are as old as time, but are combined by today’s autocrats to undermine democratic life in new and frightening ways. Power has not changed. But the way people go about gaining it and using it has been transformed.

The Revenge of Power is packed with alluring characters, riveting stories about power grabs and loses, and vivid examples of the tricks and tactics used by autocrats to counter the forces that are weakening their power. It connects the dots between global events and political tactics that, when taken together, show a profound and often stealthy transformation in power and politics worldwide. Using the best available data and insights taken from recent research in the social sciences, Naím reveals how, on close examination, the same set of strategies to consolidate power pop up again and again in places with vastly different political, economic, and social circumstances, and offers insights about what can be done to ensure that freedom and democracy prevail.

The outcomes of these battles for power will determine if our future will be more autocratic or more democratic. Naím addresses the questions at the heart of the matter: Why is power concentrating in some places while in others it is fragmenting and degrading? And the big question: What is the future of freedom?


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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

12 pm MST | 2 pm EST


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Moisés Naím

Moisés Naím is a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally-syndicated columnist, and the host and producer of Efecto Naím; a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas. The program earned an Emmy Award in 2018. Moises Naím was Venezuela’s Minister of Development, director of its Central Bank, and an Executive Director at the World Bank. From 1996 to 2010, he was the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine. Naím is the author of many scholarly articles and over 12 books on international affairs, economics, and politics; including Illicit and The End of Power which were selected by the Washington Post and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year. He recently published his first novel, Two Spies in Caracas which was released to wide acclaim. His next book, The Revenge of Power will be released in February 2022. Naím holds a Ph.D. from MIT.

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