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Getting to grips with the overlapping geopolitical, economic, and political crises faced by Western democratic societies in the 2020s.

The twenty-first century has brought a powerful tide of geopolitical, economic, and democratic shocks. Their fallout has led central banks to create over $25 trillion of new money, brought about a new age of geopolitical competition, destabilized the Middle East, ruptured the European Union, and exposed old political fault lines in the United States.

Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century is a long history of this present political moment. It recounts three histories—one about geopolitics, one about the world economy, and one about western democracies—and explains how in the years of political disorder prior to the pandemic, the disruption in each became one big story. It shows how much of this turbulence originated in problems generated by fossil-fuel energies, and it explains why, as the green transition takes place, the longstanding predicaments energy invariably shapes will remain in place.

©2022 Helen Thompson (P)2022 Tantor

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A fascinating and important book

This is a fascinating historical perspective on the current global situation. It breaks down the geo-political world we are familiar with into threads and concepts many of which were new to me, but very useful in analysing where we are and how we got here. Much of the economic analysis is very technical and beyond my understanding, but I found it worth persevering with as the surrounding material is so illuminating. It’s a shame about the narrator who didn’t seem to understand what she was reading and so makes it harder to follow. She mispronounced several words all though the book (e.g. eschew pronounced estew!) but I still loved it and will re-read much of it after some more research. I would like to have heard her analysis of the Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon in the UK but this is sadly missing. Still, you can’t have everything and my thinking has been changed on several things after reading this book.

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fantastic book but terrible narrator

Superb book. I had to buy and read it in print because the narrator is so poorly educated that there are no end of mispronounced names and phrases. They have obviously never listened to any current affairs. I would have sent it back but the content is so important and thought provoking that it would have sent the wrong message. Author was poorly served

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A broader geographical and historical sweep!

Helen's book broadens the economic and political history of our world, bringing all within the realm of the context of today... Excellent! A post 24th Feb, Ukraine invasion chapter would be a very useful update👍 🐰

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Outstanding

An incredible piece of work, that brings together so many elements to empower the reader to make an informed judgment on the current major geopolitical issues.

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Wide ranging and suffers for it.

Came across like a thesis. But where a thesis would be focused, this was not. Difficult to follow since it jumped so frequently from year, topic and point. Felt like a badly edited Wikipedia page. Some good info but needed to be pared down and focused.

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Geopolitical masterclass for the world today. .

An exceptional history of the current geopolitical issues in Ukraine and energy issues to come.

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The reality of the complexity of geo politics

This is a very important book. It looks at the complexity of global trade, energy and politics. It shows how democracy walks a regular tightrope and that the recent problems with “losers consent” in the U.K., EU and especially in the US are a risk that needs to be dealt with. The history of energy is particularly important as it explains the relationships versions countries have to supply oil, gas etc. it looks at the fault lines in the EU and NATO which help explain many if the problems we see today.

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Very good!

This is a very good and very important to understand what is actually happening around the world these days. Disastrous consequences of politics.