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The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
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Oct 26, 11

Read from September 24 to October 25, 2011

Ambitious, incomplete (even for a first-of-two books), closed-minded, and interesting. Tries to pass off a lot of fairly unremarkable stuff as profound, and I'm not convinced that he knows all that much about the political philosophy that he spends a decent amount of time talking about. In any event, his summaries of how various modern states came into being are really cool, and he dissects a lot of the current thinking on development issues in an accessible way. Just take him with a grain of salt when he puts on his analyzing hat and remember that, even though admitted that neocons were full of it, he still thinks that "history" ended in 1806.
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