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Stealth of Nations by Robert Neuwirth
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May 12, 12


Stealth of Nations is about the "underground" economy and how important it is to world trade. The book focuses mostly on Nigeria and Argentina. It makes a strong case that these workers, selling smuggled goods, pirated DVDs, etc. play a very significant role in global trade. While governments would like to regulate them and tax them, it is best for governments to develop relationships with them and give them a break to allow them to thrive. I wish this book had spent more time talking about the role of these workers in the US, i.e. the 2 million self employed construction workers, etc. It was interesting though. I would recommend it as a good eye opening read, but just don't get your expectations too high.
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