The Square and the Tower

Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

by Niall Ferguson

A really interesting concept, poorly executed. The Square and the Tower is supposed to be about the dynamic between hierarchies and networks and how these dynamics have affected historic events. It's unfortunate, then, that Ferguson does a poor job of explaining this in any meaningful way. No effort is made to hide his political leanings towards the end, leading to tedious bashing of Naomi Klein and blaming "Liberals" for many of modern society's failings.

This had so much potential. Alas.