The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

The Rise and Fall of Great PowersI do enjoy my recent complete random reading of library books. While it can be a bit of a risk, it is refreshing to just read something that you have no previous expectations of.

I picked The Rise and Fall of Great Powers thinking that it was about the Soviet Union or some other historical nation. Turns out it was a novel (as was written quite largely on the cover looking back).

I did enjoy how it jumped through various points in time from chapter to chapter, past, to near present, to a bit further back. That was a pretty interesting technique. I was always pleased at not really having any idea just how things would turn out.

I really expected a bit grander of a surprise twist at the end, but it wasn’t. And that was a surprise in itself.

Turned out to be not too bad and completely different than what I had expected.

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