Colossal Control Failures: From Julius Caesar to 9/11

2.5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781594515279: Colossal Control Failures: From Julius Caesar to 9/11
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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.

Review:

"Over the years, Jack Gibbs has taken me step-by-step through an elaboration of the concept of social control to his argument that control should be sociology's central notion to his formulation of a theory about control. His latest installment, Colossal Control Failures, should draw the greatest attention because it addresses historical events and issues that are important to both scholars and the general public, ranging from failures in attempted control by Julius Caesar, three presidents and a variety of dictators to revolutionaries and the attempt to control AIDS. His treatment of
9/11 is enlightening and should be required reading for anyone who would like some guidance on how to avoid such colossal failures in the future."
―Gary F. Jensen, Vanderbilt University

The hallmark of this trenchant analysis of colossal control failures is Gibbs' insistence on conceptual clarity and rigorous analysis, a welcome change from facile claims based on preconceived and politically motivated prescriptions and proscriptions. From Julius Caesar to "America's Worst Day" (9/11) this book is a timely warning against the hubris of political, economic, and religious exceptionalism. Gibbs strengthens his claim for control as the central notion of sociology.
―James F. Short, Jr., Washington State University

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

List Price: US$ 64.95
US$ 66.90

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781594515262: Colossal Control Failures: From Julius Caesar to 9/11

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1594515263 ISBN 13:  9781594515262
Publisher: Routledge, 2008
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gibbs,Jack P.
Published by Routledge
ISBN 10: 1594515271 ISBN 13: 9781594515279
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:

Book Description Routledge. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover - This title is now printed on demand - please allow added time for shipment! A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 3428622

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 66.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

GIBBS, JACK P.
Published by Routledge (2008)
ISBN 10: 1594515271 ISBN 13: 9781594515279
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Routledge, 2008. Paperback. Condition: NEW. 9781594515279 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE0962408

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 63.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.29
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Gibbs, Jack P.
Published by Paradigm Pub (2010)
ISBN 10: 1594515271 ISBN 13: 9781594515279
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description Paradigm Pub, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 286 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __1594515271

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 64.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.65
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Jack P. Gibbs
Published by Paradigm Publishers (2009)
ISBN 10: 1594515271 ISBN 13: 9781594515279
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paradigm Publishers, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1594515271

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 81.18
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds