Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award is an annual award given to the best business book of the year as determined by the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company. It aims to find the book that has ‘the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.’
It’s an honour to have Age of Discovery named to the “Summer’s Best” Top Ten list by Chapters / Indigo, Canada’s largest book retailer.
Books Blizz has selected Age of Discovery as a Top 100 Business Book. Honored!
“The Protestant Reformation, you know, breaking Europe up religiously and politically, it was catastrophic in a number of ways,” the University of Oxford scholar said.
“There was a silver lining, which is that people suddenly realized in Rome and in other European capitals that this monolithic institution that they had always grown up with, and whose problems they felt were simply too great to be dealt with, could be radically reshaped.”
Despite the tumult across the Atlantic, Kutarna believes that the European Union will continue to exist – and thrive.
“I think people waking up this morning in the capitals of Europe, one thing they absolutely do believe now is that the EU can be radically reshaped,” he said. “A lot of people still believe that there are positives to be pulled out of a connected and open Europe and it’s up to them now to demonstrate to the wider European public that those positives are going to reach them.” (full article…)
Eric Bovim @ Salon.com has picked up on my meme linking Donald Trump to the firebrand friar of the first Renaissance, Girolamo Savonarola:
Recently, two scholars from Oxford University, Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna, published an audacious text about the lessons that could be drawn from the dislocation and demographic shifts that occurred during the Renaissance, a period of rapid advancement much like our own today. They argue the upheaval at the time due to technology led to a politics whose complexion is very similar to ours today…
Trump, like the Brexiters, has been an American Savanorola throughout his unorthodox campaign, smashing the idols of party structure, ruling class and fixed horizons. Whatever one thinks of Trump, you have to acknowledge that he is better at masterminding his own narrative than the rest of the world appears willing to give him credit for…
I spoke with Dawna Freisen at Global National News (Canada’s most-watched newscast) about how my co-author and I correctly predicted Brexit through the lens supplied by Age of Discovery, and what other lessons history can teach us about the present.
Age of Discovery is a much needed dose of perspective in our increasingly short-term focused world.Dominic Barton