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23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
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Oct 24, 10

bookshelves: economics, development, globalisation
Recommended for: everyone!
Read from October 18 to 24, 2010 — I own a copy

i was going to give this 4 stars at first b/c i think he's often overly and unnecessarily simplistic to the point that i sometimes got confused over his target audience. also, some of his examples are weak which is frustrating b/c his arguments are not; he could have chosen better examples is all.

however, things 16 and 23 are absolutely brilliant and he goes straight for the jugular: they made me happy! things 9 and 17 are also pretty damn good.

i don't think anything he says is particularly revelatory, and i've read most everything he says elsewhere. however, what he does do is write concisely, simply and engagingly, thereby making what is often a very dry subject interesting. also, he brings together lots of diverse criticisms of free-market capitalism all neatly together in one book.

finally, i will forever love him for his admission that 'economics is 95% common sense made complicated' and that mainstream (or neo-classical) economists are socially retarded and base their theories on utterly ridiculous and erroneous assumptions about human nature.

i'd really, really recommend this one to each and all.
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