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.