The author is Ian Morris and the subtitle is How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations. I don’t like the subtitle of this book, which I feel should include the word “energy.” While a number of topics are covered, the core parts of the book concern the importance of energy sources for early economic development.
This strikes me as an important work. I will report back on it once I have the chance to give it further study (which won’t be right away). In the meantime I am simply reporting that it will come out this January and that it is worthy of your attention.