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This fascinating book analyzes 13 control failures in human history, from Robespierre's promotion of the French Revolution, to Hoover's efforts to stop the Great Depression, to the intelligence failures of 9/11. Assessing the causes of 10 additional historical cases, the author's comparative analysis shows how each leadership failure was caused by an expansion of the range of control attempts, their scope, and/or their diversity. A leader's or other actor's attempts to broaden the range of control targets have been most important in causing great human failures. The analysis is timely during an era when war, global warming, and other vexing problems plague our society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594515262
ISBN-10: 1594515263
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Paradigm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jack P. Gibbs

Jack P. Gibbs attempted to overcome his birth in Brownwood, Texas, by earning a Ph.D. (University of Oregon) in sociology. His university positions include Texas (Austin), Washington State, Arizona, and Vanderbilt (retiring as Centennial Professor Emeritus). This book is his third on social control.

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Colossal Control Failures by Jack P. Gibbs

Colossal Control Failures

Paperback, June 2008
$78.29