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Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoğlu
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Apr 02, 12

bookshelves: to-read, economics, nonfiction
Recommended to Richard by: The Interwubs

Your cutting-edge jargon lesson for the day is "extractive institutions" versus "inclusive institutions" .

This, from another book that looks like a must-read. Are they coming out more frequently these days?

Tidbits about it from around the web...

The authors have an extensive website at, including a bibliographic essay. You may not think so, but to me that's incredibly cool. I love trolling through annotated bibliographies, and the few and far between ones that actually discuss their sources at length are treasures. They also have a page dedicated to reviews, so the following is a bit redundant...

The GuardianUK has a very enthusiastic review here.

The Economist is positive overall, but expressing some disappointment at The Big Why.

The book has an extensive article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine at Why Some Countries Go Bust, as well as a short pean by Thomas Friedman. Curiously, the Books section hasn't yet deigned to review it. But it was also the centerpiece of another article, Dignity and the Wealth of Nations.

The Wall Street Journal is mostly pleased at The Poverty of Nations.
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