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How the West Was Lost by Dambisa Moyo
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May 02, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011-read, az-book-club
Read from May 02 to 10, 2011

This book started strong. Moyo's description of the West's mis-allocation of labor and capital were awesome and eye-opening.

But at times the book seemed to descend into doomsday predictions (hence, the title), calls for a stronger centralized state, and lists upon lists of stats that I could pull off the Internet myself. That said, her concerns about America's economic position were intimidating and not without basis.

My largest concern with the book's thesis is that it seems to assume a world in which cultures rise and fall based primarily on economic policy. I don't buy this.

As a final little critique, the book's scope seemed to occasionally lack clear focus. At times, it seemed all about America v. China, but paragraphs later it would go super broad in discussions about all the West v. all the Rest. This is probably a stupid critique.

Overall, I'm glad I read it and am torn between 2 and 3 stars.
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