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Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism Hardcover – 1 Dec 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230113826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230113824
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,367,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Optimism is out of fashion at the moment, what with financial crises and joblessness in the headlines, and optimism about (or in) the US is less fashionable still. Into this dour setting, Robert Guest, business editor of The Economist, has arrived in his party clothes. Guest's new book Borderless Economics, is a celebration of the modern upsides of globalisation, immigration and kinship ties. As such, it might be the least fashionable important book to appear in some time.' - Pietra Rivoli, Financial Times

'Guest has produced a book that is witty, rigorous, humane, provocative and dazzlingly well-reported. Everyone should read it. Bravo!' - Tim Harford, author of Adapt and The Undercover Economist

'Fantastically entertaining and well-written…[I] couldn't put it down.' Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired and author of The Long Tail and Free

'An informative, engaging survey of the beneficial consequences of globalization.' Kirkus Reviews

"Robert Guest has discovered the quantum mechanics of economic growth and political liberty. It turns out the wave-particle duality of economic matter and political energy is us. We the people of the world - moving where we want and doing what we will - create the universe of progress. Governments of Earth, say goodbye to the Newtonian concepts of nation and state. The apple of Borderless Economics has hit you on the head and knocked you out." P. J. O'Rourke

'For most, globalization has been about the movement of goods, services, technology and capital. As Robert Guest succinctly explains in this eminently readable book, globalization is actually about people - their migration, the networks they form and the ideas that they transmit through their mobility. In a world grappling with rising protectionist fever, this book is a warning that those nations who want to batten down the hatches and shut the free flow of people and ideas do so at their own risk.' Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India

'Too much of economic and political analysis is about countries. Robert Guest shows us the myriad ways in which countries are connected by people who move around to learn, to work and to live. These networks are increasingly central both to the nature of opportunity and to public policy issues in the United States. The book is persuasive: America will stay prosperous and strong only so long as we remain the Hub of the World.' Simon Johnson, co-author, 13 Bankers, and professor at MIT Sloan

"This is a thoughtful, entertaining and above all inspiring hymn of praise to the cultural, social and economic benefits of freer migration. Its conclusion should be noted by every politician running for office: immigration is an opportunity, not a threat."—Bill Emmott, author of 20:21 Vision and Rivals

'A wonderful antidote to the tired and vague clichés about 'globalization'. Drawing on a breadth of research and decades of reporting from 70 countries, Robert Guest makes the case for why global migration is (mostly) an extraordinary force for good.' - Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

'Amusing, intelligent and full of statistics, Borderless Economics is the perfect starting point for exploring new diasporas and international networks.' -LSE Political Blog
'Lucidly written, with a bit of humour thrown in, Robert Guest discusses the issue of migrations and immigrants at a practical level, trying to make politicians see the sense in it.' -Organiser
'This is a superb book...' - Iqbal Quadir, Nature

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The Global Business Editor for The Economist looks at how today's international diasporas are accelerating and diversifying the flow of ideas, technology, and wealth, improving lives across the globe

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