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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781529338126

Price: £21.99

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Genre: Economics, Finance, Business & Management

Does power corrupt, or are corrupt people drawn to power? Are entrepreneurs who embezzle and cops who kill the outgrowths of bad systems or are they just bad people? Are tyrants made or born? If you were thrust into a position of power, would new temptations to line your pockets or torture your enemies gnaw away at you until you gave in?

To answer these questions, Corruptible draws on over 500 interviews with some of the world’s noblest and dirtiest leaders, from presidents and philanthropists to rebels, cultists, and dictators. It also makes use of a wealth of counter-intuitive examples from history and social science: You’ll meet the worst bioterrorist in American history, hit the slopes with a ski instructor who once ruled Iraq, have breakfast with the yogurt kingpin of Madagascar, learn what bees and wasps can teach us about corruption, find out why our Stone Age brains cause us to choose bad leaders, and learn why the inability of chimpanzees to play baseball is central to the development of human hierarchies.

Corruptible will make you challenge basic assumptions about how you can rise to become a leader and what might happen to your head when you get there. It also provides a roadmap to avoiding classic temptations, suggesting a series of reforms that would ensure that better people get into power, while ensuring that power purifies rather than corrupts.

Reviews

A BRILLIANT EXPLORATION...This book builds Brian Klaas' reputation, offering an essential guide through our world of democratic decay, corruption, and cronyism
Dan Snow
A FASCINATING, FUN READ...Klaas has striking insights, presents impeccable science accessibly, and tells terrific stories-all with great writing and wonderfully mordant humor
Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave
AN EXTRAORDINARY INTERROGATION OF THE WORKINGS OF POWER...A critical book for these troubling times. A must read!
Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of Begin Again
ENGROSSING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, AND FUNNY...an important exploration of how ordinary people can keep leadership out of the hands of monsters
Heather Cox Richardson, author of How the South Won the Civil War
THE FREAKONOMICS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE...With revelations that reach from global politics to how your company is managed, this is a perceptive and, above all, entertaining read
Max Boot, Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
A MAGNICENT BOOK THAT IS AS RIVETING AS A CRIME STORY...Klaas merges insights from evolutionary science, a wealth of recent social psychology research, and personal interviews with the powerful (and corrupt)
Peter Turchin, author of Ultrasociety
RICH INSIGHTS AND FASCINATING OBSERVATIONS...[Shines] a light on recent efforts to ensure that the corrupt don't get power, and the incorruptible do
Richard Stengel
A GPS SYSTEM FOR NAVIGATIONG A WORLD INCREASINGLY FULL OF ILLIBERAL DEMOCRACIES, MODERNIZED DICTATORSHIPS, AND POPULISTS WHO CARE ONLY FOR POWER...The power-hungry don't ask why, they only ask why not
Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative and the Human Rights Foundation