What You'll Learn:
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is democracy. MIT professor Daron Acemoglu and University of Chicago professor James A. Robinson lead us down what they call “the narrow corridor,” a pathway and crucible through which a civilization or culture must pass if liberty is to be realized. Framing this narrow corridor is an excessively strong society on one side and an excessively strong state on the other. Too strong a society, and there’s anarchy; too strong a state, and there’s dictatorship. Liberty either unprotected or unprotected. Drawing from history and geopolitics, Acemoglu and Robinson show us why liberty is so tough to develop and hang on to.