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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David S. Landes
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Aug 05, 11

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This is a good book on economic history and development. Landes looks at the importance of cultural characteristics and how they explain different countries varying economic success. At times it recalls Jared Diamond's economic and technological evolutionary ideas as well as Hungtington's Clash of Civilizations. Overall the book is very thorough trying to explain complex issues, and provides a good grounding in economic history. Nevertheless, it is not a quick read. It took me a long time (with several false starts) to finally finish the book. I would recommend this to people really interested in economic development and economic history, but wouldn't recommend it to most lay people.

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