Wealth And Poverty Of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich And Some So Poor by David S LandesWealth And Poverty Of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich And Some So Poor by David S Landes

Wealth And Poverty Of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich And Some So Poor

byDavid S Landes

Paperback | May 15, 1999

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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S. Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer, as Landes definitively illustrates, is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance. Rich with anecdotal evidence, piercing analysis, and a truly astonishing range of erudition, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is a "picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight" (Kenneth Arrow) as well as one of the most audaciously ambitious works of history in decades.

For the paperback edition, Landes has written a new epilogue, in which he takes account of Asian financial crisises and the international tension between overconfidence and reality.
David S. Landes (1924—2013) was professor emeritus at Harvard University and the author of Bankers and Pashas, The Unbound Prometheus, and Revolution in Time.
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Title:Wealth And Poverty Of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich And Some So PoorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.11 inPublished:May 15, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393318885

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Wealth and Poverty of Nations This book is a must read for people interested in the effects of geography on economic development and its effect on societies, religion, and the ability of a country to grow. This is not an easy read because the concepts can be a tad abstract, and it's also tempting to use geography as an explanation for everything from cannibalism to polygamy. But there's a reason The Economist considers it a 'best-of-the decade read'. It contains a wealth of carefully researched information. If you can remember one-tenth of it, you'll be miles ahead of armchair social anthropologists and cocktail hour economists. Read before or after another excellent book: Guns, Germs and Steel.
Date published: 2001-03-05

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You need only watch the nightly news to observe the wide gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in society. Discussing this passionately debated issue of our times, this bestselling book examines why and how some countries prosper while others struggle to keep their citizens alive. Among the myriad topics The Wealth and Poverty of Nations covers are the cultural and historical factors that shape our standards of living. Using anecdotal evidence and brilliant analysis, David S. Landes distinguishes himself as an expert on this interesting topic. 

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Powerful and lucid.... There are few historians who would not be proud to be the author of this book. — Eric Hobsbawm (Los Angeles Times)Mr. Landes writes with verve and gusto.... This is indeed good history. — Douglass C. North (Wall Street Journal)You cannot even begin to think about problems of economic development and convergence without knowing the story that Landes tells. ...I know of no better place to start thinking about the wealth and poverty of nations. — J. Bradford DeLong (Washington Post)Enormously erudite and provocative.... Never less than scintillating, witty, and brilliant. — Kirkus ReviewsTruly wonderful. No question that this will establish David Landes as preeminent in his field and in his time. — John Kenneth GalbraithA picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight... embodied in a light and vigorous prose which carries the reader along irresistibly. — Kenneth ArrowA masterly survey... with verve, broad vision, and a whole series of sharp opinions that he is not shy about stating plainly. — Robert Solow