This is why I keep telling people I meet that I am decades behind in my reading and writing. No one’s fault but mine, of course, but it’s never too late, eh? Niall Fergus on is of course a most prominent historian. You know that, of course, because even I have come to know of him! I first encountered Niall Ferguson on the Hoover Institution’s “GoodFellows” video series and he immediately struck me as someone who talks a lot of painstakingly researched sense. I picked up his book, not the most recent one, called “The Square and the Tower” and have given it a glance-over before diving in. It seems to me to be about both obvious and not-so-obvious networks and their characteristics and effects on the best-laid plans of mice and men. Also, the relationship between hierarchies and networks, or the exercise of powers seen and not-quite-seen. Having had a brief brush with business networking groups for a few years, I am also eager to see what Niall Ferguson’s take on those groups might be, even if only obliquely referenced.
Coming next is a brief review. In the meantime, do check out my previous posts on hierarchies and networking. Type out search terms in the search bar.