Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

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Offers a new theory of how and why some nations recover from national trauma and others do not.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: 2019.
ISBN: 9780316409131
Characteristics: ix, 502 pages, 16 ummunbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, facsimile, photographs ; 25 cm.


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Jul 16, 2019

Should be standard reading in all government offices- provided they actually read, and university-level history/sociology courses.

Jul 15, 2019

I probably did not give this book the close reading it deserves -- I sort of skimmed parts that were more analysis than story.

Jul 06, 2019

Can’t say this is his strongest offering. I found that he very loosely followed the defining structure he presents at the start of the book. In fact he hardly makes credible links to that structure when winding up his very loose history of the country’s period of upheaval. I think there are better historical authors and works that I would look for before recommending this work. With Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse he makes a much more credible case for his thesis than with this book. I couldn’t bother to finish it because I found much more interesting works to read.

Jun 05, 2019

I decided not to wait for this book to be available and bought it. Just finished it, and I found it both interesting and very helpful. The framework he uses to analyze and compare how 7 nations dealt with crises is familiar to me because I've been through it in dealing with crises in my own life. He explains it quite clearly in the prologue and first chapter in the book. He proposes this framework as a way of understanding history and a way of thinking about what might be happening in the future world wide (last chapter). Makes a lot of sense to me.

I was a child at the end of WWII so I have lived through the period since and remember the news stories and reactions to world events. This analysis put the bits and pieces of what I remembered into a better understanding of how we got to where we are today that I wondered about. For example, why Finland survived as a nation, how Germany recovered relatively quickly and is now our ally, just what happened in Chile. (We in the United States .know appallingly so little about South and Central America!)

I think this book is very valuable, and I hope my children and grandchildren will be reading it - soon!

May 24, 2019

The author defines "crisis" very broadly and doesn't come up with a grand formula for how countries deal with one. But I did learn some interesting things.

May 12, 2019

I expected to enjoy "Upheaval," having been captivated by "Guns, Germs and Steel." But this book is a bunch of psychological theories (courtesy of his wife?), some personal memories, and a bit of history of 7 countries. I gave up early.

Apr 30, 2019

Please order the ebook version, LL


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