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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original analysis of comparative economic performance
As a result of his previous major work Francis Fukuyama achieved fame as the man who predicted 'the end of history'. With this new work he has turned his attention from the political arena to consider comparative international economic performance. He describes the broad theme of Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity as follows; "that social...
Published on 18 Feb 1997

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2.0 out of 5 stars The book gives a rational and somewhat oriental approach.
If you are a post-modern liberal-minded type, swear by the perfectibility of democratic capitalism and put your faith in the healing powers arational phenomena like culture and religion have on our over-busy life then you would like this book. Moreover, if you are a sociologist then you would appreciate the lucidity of thought and tenacity of argument that the author...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant research combined with a lucid writing style, but., 13 Nov 1998
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This book blends together extensively detailed research and great style of presentation. Immensely readable. However, a vague feeling persists that data has been "fitted" to support the theory being presented. Any mention of Latin America, Indian subcontinent, Africa and others has been completely glossed over. Also, the picture being painted for China is not flattering. A long-term sustained prosperity for China is not predicted by Fukuyama, based on his observation of Chinese cultural values. But all-in-all extremely informative and provided insights into the cultural aspects of macro-economics.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great idea that doesn't make it., 24 April 1999
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A "cut-and-paste job" that repeatedly leads one to think that it is going somewhere, but rarely provides adequate substantiation of the author's claims. It eventually gets boring, boring, boring.
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