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Posted August 4, 2006
Let me tell you the story of how this edition came to be. In 1996 I was invited to be part of a research team for a conference on social systems design. The New State was required reading for the group. However, the was hard to come by. I was lucky enough to find a 1918 edition in our State Library. This copy had never been read. I know that because the edges of many of the pages had not been cut and separated. After taking a knife carefully to the book, I read it and was amazed...transformed, even. After the conference, I approached a well-known political scientist about writing an introduction so that we could get it re-issued. At first he declined, but then he realized a colleague of his was an expert on Follett's time period. So he proposed to me that they both write introductions. Together we approached a publisher, who, after some review, agreed that it was worthy of re-issuing. They requested an original copy to use to create the new edition. The original would be destroyed in the process. It turns out that the one I'd found - the one that had never been read before I opened it - would be the one to be sacrificed to become the 1998 edition. In any event, Follett's work is remarkable, timeless, and important. And her writing flows well. Enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.