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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron on 07/02/2013 unknown edition Paperback

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money :-( 12 Jun. 2014
By Michael - Published on
Oh dear. Sadly I must tell you that this book is a complete waste of money, time .... and paper. There's a trend at the moment where ill-advised, unqualified, naïve, self-aggrandising and self-professed experts produce meaningless rubbish like this book as a ruse for their own hoped-for get-rich-quick scheme. Luckily for them, as long as your editor comes up with a catchy title, and your graphic designer comes up with a catchy cover-design, there's a gazillion lemmings out there who will buy the book. Some will even try to read it. And that's when the authors' laughable combination of arrogance and ignorance gets revealed. Simple and superficial solutions don't solve deep and complex problems. They make matters worse. As a ninth generation "White African" who works in the pro-poor economic development industry, I would encourage the authors to come and do what I do for a few years. Then maybe they can write a sequel. Maybe they can call it "Why we fail to understand why nations fail". PS. I've given this book a one star rating because Amazon forces you to apply a rating. Unfortunately Amazon doesn't give you rating options on the minus side of the scale. But if they did, I would rate this book Minus 10.
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