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The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to…

by Niall Ferguson

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A "recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a struggle between old power hierarchies and new social networks"--Dust jacket.

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  deldevries | Sep 26, 2018 |
Ferguson contributes his thoughts on Power and how groups have a obtained through history. Social networks existed long before Facebook.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8E1az6T4L20

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GPMpyF6shEs

For example Stanley Greenberg described how President Trump won and why candidate Hillary lost:

https://www.greenbergresearch.com/his-thinking/2017/9/21/how-she-lost
  gmicksmith | Jan 21, 2018 |
Whilst social networking has huge prominence nowadays, it is thought of as a modern phenomena. In this book Ferguson looks as the social networks, links and hierarchies that have shaped our society through the ages, from pre-history to the modern age. I found this book fascinating in the main, particularly the slightly difference take on medieval history and the conquest of South America. I found the more recent parts a little less stimulating but it is an interesting tome. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Dec 8, 2017 |
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