The End of Power

From Boardrooms To Battlefields And Churches To States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used To Be

Washington Post Nonfiction Bestseller
Washington Post Notable Book
Finalist Financial Times Best Book of the Year

We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. But power is not merely shifting and dispersing. It is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before. In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moises Naim illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naim shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naim deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Accessible and captivating, Naim offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power – and how it will change your world.


The End of Power will change the way you read the news, the way you think about politics, and the way you look at the world.”
– William Jefferson Clinton


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Reviews and Praise for The End of Power

The Washington Post
March 8, 2013
“Analytically sophisticated…[a] highly original, inter-disciplinary meditation on the degeneration of international power… The End of Power makes a truly important contribution, persuasively portraying a compelling dynamic of change cutting across multiple game-boards of the global power matrix.”

The Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2013
“Moisés Naím’s “The End of Power” offers a cautionary tale to would-be Lincolns in the modern era. Mr. Naím, an economist who has been Venezuela’s trade and industry minister as well as editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine, is a courageous writer who seeks to dissect big subjects in new ways. At a time when critics of overreaching governments, big banks, media moguls and concentrated wealth decry the power of the “1%,” Mr. Naím argues that leaders of all types—political, corporate, military, religious, union—face bigger, more complex problems with weaker hands than in the past.”

Financial Times 
November 29, 2013
“Who is in charge? This book says nobody. The monopolies of coercion that characterised states, the potency of advanced militaries, the media organisations that controlled information, and the religious institutions that defined orthodoxy are all losing control. Readers may disagree; they will be provoked.”

A remarkable new book by the remarkable Moises Naim, the former editor of Foreign Policy. It was recommended to me by former president Bill Clinton during a brief conversation on the situation in Egypt.”
– Richard Cohen, The Washington Post

“[An] altogether mind-blowing and happily convincing treatise about how ‘power is becoming more feeble, transient, and constrained.'”
– Nick Gillespie, Barron’s

This fascinating book…should provoke a debate about how to govern the world when more and more people are in charge.”
– Foreign Affairs

“Mr Naím…argues forcefully that rigid pyramids of power are collapsing… (and)  celebrates the anti-power revolution for holding the mighty to account and providing ordinary people with opportunities.” – The Economist

“The author challenges readers to review the way they think about power in the light of profound and rapid changes underway in every area of human life… (This) book is an important contribution to the debate on power that has long preoccupied thinkers and philosophers.” – The Sunday Guardian



March 15, 2013 - Moises Naim discuses The End of Power on Morning Joe

March 15, 2013 – Moises Naim discuses The End of Power on Morning Joe

March 19, 2013 - Moises Naim revisits the Morning Joe Program

March 19, 2013 – Moises Naim revisits the Morning Joe Program

April 11, 2013 - Moises Naim discusses The End of Power with PBS' Ray Suarez

April 11, 2013 – Moises Naim discusses The End of Power with PBS’ Ray Suarez

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