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The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
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Jun 30, 2011

it was ok
Read from July 06 to August 15, 2011

This book took me a while to get through. I would prefer reading this book than taking a lecture on the subject. However, this book was extremely dry, too thorough, and very easy to put down. Fukuyama narrated so many of the Chinese dynasties, Ottoman empire phases, and regions of Western Europe that I have many of the jumbled in my head. There were too many details to keep straight, time periods to track, and ruling styles to know.
I got the general gist of the formations of political entities but the details largely fell through the cracks.
Again, I'd recommend reading this if I were a professor of the topic, but this book is not for the lay person who is unfamiliar with the topic.

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07/07/2011 page 50
9.0% "pretty thorough treatment of political origins...fairly dry but there are still morsels of interesting information"
07/13/2011 page 150
26.0% "dry, thorough, but dry."
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