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Challenges what you believe,
This review is from: The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Paperback)
Easterly does a good job challenging contemporary opinion on how to solve poverty around the book. While the book's title is slightly embarrassing, in a way, it explains the two main themes of the book. Firstly, most of the current attempt to fix the poor world is underpinned by an assumption that the West has a moral burden to help. Secondly, and unfortunately, that attempt fails at the implementation stage because of bureaucracy, arrogance, 'planners vs searchers', and the in situ patronizing and condescending attitude of some Westerners.
Be warned though. It is slightly too long and the statistics can bore you out if all you want is a nice read. Also, by not proffering solutions, Easterly may occasionally appear pessimistic or nonchalant.