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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

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Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions that included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or unable to function in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world. Francis Fukuyama, author of the best-selling The End of History and The Last Man, and one of our most important political thinkers, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work, The Origins of Political Order begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution. Drawing on a vast body of knowledge—history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics—Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Francis Fukuyama (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state  In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people”, who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole.  Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.  Identity is an urgent and necessary book - a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Francis Fukuyama (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Political Order and Political Decay

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The second volume of the best-selling landmark work on the history of the modern state. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order "magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition." In the New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as "a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time." And in the Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed "this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two." Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, Political Order and Political Decay is destined to be a classic. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Francis Fukuyama (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
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The End of History and the Last Man

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Ever since its first publication in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man has provoked controversy and debate. Francis Fukuyama's prescient analysis of religious fundamentalism, politics, scientific progress, ethical codes, and war is as essential for a world fighting fundamentalist terrorists as it was for the end of the Cold War. Now updated with a new afterword, The End of History and the Last Man is a modern classic.

©1992, 2006 Francis Fukuyama (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: L. J. Ganser
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
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Another Woman's Husband

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From the USA Today best-selling author of The Secret Wife. Another Woman's Husband is the latest gripping novel from Gill Paul. Two women, divided by time, bound by a secret.... It's 1911. Aged just 15, Mary Kirk and Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, continents, and the demands of the English crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.... In 1997, Kendall's romantic break in Paris is shattered when the taxi ahead of them crashes suddenly. The news soon follows: Princess Diana is dead. Trying to forget what she has witnessed, Kendall returns home, where the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, will lead her to the truth of a scandal which shook the world.... Richly imagined and beautifully written, Another Woman's Husband is a moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, haunted by love and loss.

©2017 Gill Paul (P)2017 Headline Audiobooks

Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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En algún momento a mediados de la segunda década del siglo XXI, la política mundial cambió drásticamente. Desde entonces, ha estado guiada por demandas de carácter identitario. Las ideas de nación, religión, raza, género, etnia y clase han sustituido a una noción más amplia e inclusiva de quiénes somos: simples ciudadanos. Hemos construido muros en lugar de puentes. Y el resultado es un creciente sentimiento antiinmigratorio, además de agrias discusiones sobre víctimas y victimarios y el retorno de políticas abiertamente supremacistas y chovinistas. En Estados Unidos, el declive de las instituciones ha facilitado el auge de una serie de aventureros políticos cuyo nacionalismo económico y tendencias autoritarias amenazan con desestabilizar el orden internacional. Pero también en Europa están surgiendo nacionalismos populistas que buscan una conexión directa y carismática con "el pueblo", que a menudo se defi ne con unos términos identitarios restringidos que dejan fuera a gran parte de la ciudadanía. Francis Fukuyama, uno de los pensadores políticos más importantes de las últimas décadas, hace un alegato urgente y necesario en defensa de la recuperación de la política en su sentido más elevado y generoso. Un ensayo compacto y combativo sobre la importancia de conformar una idea de identidad que profundice en la democracia en lugar de destruirla. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2018 Francis Fukuyama (P)2019 Editorial Planeta, S.A.

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