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The Resource Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security, Sarah Chayes

Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security, Sarah Chayes

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Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security
Title
Thieves of state
Title remainder
why corruption threatens global security
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Sarah Chayes
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Language
eng
Summary
The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria; the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption. Since the late 1990s, corruption has reached such an extent that some governments resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. These kleptocrats drive indignant populations to extremes ranging from revolution to militant puritanical religion. Chayes plunges readers into some of the most venal environments on earth and examines what emerges: Afghans returning to the Taliban, Egyptians overthrowing the Mubarak government (but also redesigning Al-Qaeda), and Nigerians embracing both radical evangelical Christianity and the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. In many such places, rigid moral codes are put forth as an antidote to the collapse of public integrity. The pattern, moreover, pervades history. Through deep archival research, Chayes reveals that canonical political thinkers such as John Locke and Machiavelli, as well as the great medieval Islamic statesman Nizam al-Mulk, all named corruption as a threat to the realm. In a thrilling argument connecting the Protestant Reformation to the Arab Spring, Thieves of State presents a powerful new way to understand global extremism. And it makes a compelling case that we must confront corruption, for it is a cause not a result of global instability."
Summary
A former advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff explains the common role of corruption in today's international uprisings, tracing corruption since the 1990s while arguing that corrupt governments have been largely responsible for extreme acts of rebellion
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 2015.
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10392083
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DLC
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1962-
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Chayes, Sarah
Dewey number
364.1/323
Index
index present
LC call number
JF1081
LC item number
.C43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Political corruption
  • Security, International
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adult
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why corruption threatens global security
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Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security, Sarah Chayes
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn880566167
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pages cm
Isbn
9780393239461
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014031700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)880566167
Label
Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security, Sarah Chayes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn880566167
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780393239461
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014031700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)880566167

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