As the income gap between developed and developing nations
grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to
find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting
, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global
progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development
naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in
health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.
Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as
vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has
transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this
transformation, we can make the world an even better place to
That''s not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we
don''t have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far,
and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.