gargamelscat's Reviews > The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

The White Man's Burden by William Easterly
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Dec 11, 10

bookshelves: 2010, misc
Read in December, 2010

Despite what should have been interesting material I found I had to force my self to finish the book after leaving it aside for many months.

Well researched at times it felt a bit too driven by statistics. The ideas in it - bottom-up rather than top-down - are not radical.

I would have liked a bit more outrage and naming of culprit organisations besides anodyne targets like IMF and World Bank. More gossip, back-stabbing and revelation of dirty deeds would have really livened the narrative up.

Still, it provides a possible blueprint for new approaches using internet social networking and web technologies.

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