The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

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Yale University Press, 2006 M01 1 - 515 pages
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Simon Bolivar was a revolutionary who freed six countries, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a general who fought a cruel colonial war. His life, passions, battles and great victories became embedded in Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. This is the first major English-language biography of 'The Liberator' in half a century. John Lynch draws on extensive research on the man and his era to tell Bolivar's story, to understand his life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy. The book illuminates the inner world of Bolivar, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America. The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was supreme will power and an ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle. Encompassing Bolivar's entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the western hemisphere.

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User Review  - RobertPollard - LibraryThing

Brilliant book. Must read. In keeping with the analysis in the book, Yochai Benkler made the full text available under a Creative Commons, Non-Commercial licence. Read full review

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User Review  - hennis - LibraryThing

Very interesting book, explains in DETAIL the facets of peer production and collective intelligence. A must read, but quite difficult to go through. Read full review

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ACulture Both Plastic and Critical
Chapter 9 Justice and Development
Part ThreePolicies of Freedom at aMoment of Transformation
Chapter 11 The Battle Over theInstitutional Ecology of theDigital Environment
The Stakesof Information Law and Policy

The Trouble with Mass Media
Emergence of the NetworkedPublic Sphere

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Yochai Benkler is the Joseph M. Field 55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Yale University.

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