Book Name: Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe
Category: Politics Books
Language: English
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“All disasters are in some sense man-made.”

Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse at dealing with disasters, not better, by looking at the year 2020 as a whole.

Disasters are hard to predict by their very nature. Pandemics, earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises, and wars don’t happen in a regular pattern. No cycle in history can help us predict the next disaster. But if something bad happens, we should be better ready than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted or the Italians of the Middle Ages when the Black Death hit. In the end, science is on our side.

Yet, in 2020, many developed countries, including the United States, messed up when they tried to deal with a new virus from China. Why? Why did SARS and MERS teach only a few Asian countries the fitting lessons? Even though populist leaders did a lousy job during the COVID-19 pandemic, Niall Ferguson says that deeper problems were at play, issues that were already clear when we dealt with other disasters.

Ferguson has been writing about the flaws of modern America for almost twenty years. His books, such as Colossus, The Great Degeneration, and The Square and the Tower, look at things like imperial hubris, bureaucratic sclerosis, and online fragmentation.

Doom is not just a history of disasters but also a general theory of them. It uses economics, biodynamics, and network science, among other fields, to show why our increasingly bureaucratic and complex systems are getting worse at dealing with them.

This country and the West as a whole need to learn the history lesson of doom as soon as possible if we want to handle the next crisis better and avoid the ultimate doom of irreversible decline.


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Author(s): Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2021

ISBN: 9780593297384


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