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In his latest tome, famed British historian (Empire; Colossus; The Ascent of Money) addresses a central question of this or any other day: What causes rich countries to lose their way? To resolve that quandary, he examines the four pillars that have helped West European and North American societies to achieve superiority in the centuries since 1500: representative government; the free market; the rule of law; civil society. A major statement from a much-discussed, controversial historian.