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What are some books about how power is exercised, how it affects people psychologically and rationally, how it changes the priorities of those who have it or desire it? Mostly in a political context but just in general works too. I guess this is like what I'm looking for but I haven't read it yet

>> No.23247589

>>23247561
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

>> No.23247740

>>23247589
Thanks

>> No.23248611

>>23247589
I just bought the latter last month. Can’t wait to dig in

>> No.23249391

>>23247561
I didn't read your picrel, but I read the LBJ series by the same author and it was kino.

>> No.23249642

Plutarch’s Lives

>> No.23250691

Reisner's "Cadillac Desert"

>> No.23251810

>>23249391
Book 5 wont be released until his death since he's going to go full tinfoil on the jfk assassination.

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>>23249642
Plutarch’s Lives is my favorite book, but I wouldn’t say it’s a good book about power. Many of those biographies are done as a sort of poetic telling about a person and it never really goes into the specifics of power.


>>23247561
On Power: The Natural History of it’s Growth by Bertrand de Jouvenel

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>>23252354
Funny, I am reading On Power and that's why I made the thread because I wanted something less analytical and more focused on specific individuals/events, like an autobiography of someone who had immense power at some point in their life but had regrets or doubts about what they did with it, or who could offer personal insight about how things really work in the upper echelons of decision-making in complex societies

>> No.23252699

>>23247561
Unqualified Reservations

>> No.23252705

>>23252568
Why don’t you just look up biographies of Presidents and the like then? There are plenty.

>> No.23252707

>>23252699
>Unqualified Reservations
Curtis, please. This is a serious thread.

>> No.23252737

>>23252705
Because there is a discussion board I can ask for specific recommendations on, as not all biographies/autobiographies are made equal

>> No.23252910

>>23252354
>Plutarch’s Lives is my favorite book
After reading this I did like an hour of research on what the best edition is and I can’t decide between the Modern Libraries version (all lives collected, ordered in the Greek-Roman pairs) or the Penguin version (based on excerpts I read, the best translation for me to not bounce off it). Any recommendation?