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"[An] executive summary of modern political history studded with sweeping assertions and telling anecdotes." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Thought-provoking." (Kirkus Reviews)

“A shot in the arm...powerful.” (The Financial Times)

"The Wake-Up Call, refreshingly concise and eminently readable, highlights how the modern crisis of governance compounded the challenges of the pandemic." (Bloomberg)

"The Wake-Up Call argues that Covid-19 has exposed not just one president's shortcomings but a much more profound degeneration of governance dating back long before 2016.... You will read no more interesting book on the political consequences of the pandemic than this." (Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization: The West and the Rest)

Named One of the Best Books of 2020 (Bloomberg)

An urgent and informed look at the challenges America and world governments will face in a post-COVID-19 world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that governments matter again, that competent leadership is the difference between living and dying. A few governments proved adept at handling the crisis while many others failed. Are Western governments healthy and strong enough to keep their citizens safe from another virulent virus - and protect their economies from collapse? Is global leadership passing from the United States to Asia - and particularly China?

The Wake-Up Call addresses these urgent questions. Journalists and longtime collaborators John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge identify the problems Western leaders face, and outline a detailed plan to help them become more vigilant, better prepared, and responsive to disruptive future events.

The problems that face us are enormous; as The Wake-Up Call makes clear, governments around the world must re-engineer the way they operate to successfully meet the challenges ahead.

©2020 John Micklethwait (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • GregG
  • 2021-02-26

If you like The Economist you will like this book

A smart, well documented and reasoned analysis of the problems in western governments and a smart set of solutions.