Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

“Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?…” [Publisher’s book website]

Author’s Book Website 

Author’s Interview, The Economist, March 2012.

Reviews / Comments 

Book review by Bill Gates, February 2013.
(Authors Reply, March 2013 )

Book review by Duncan Green in The World Bank Group, December 2012.

Government, Geography, and Growth by Jeffrey Sachs in Foreign Affairs, October 2012.
(Authors Reply, November 2012)

Which Nations Failed? by Arvind Subramanian in The American Interest, October 2012.
(Authors Reply, November 2012)

Book review by Michele Boldrin, David K. Levine and Salvatore Modica, September 2012.

Book review by Junet Hunter in LSE Blogs, EUROPP, August 2012.

What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond in The New York Review of Books, June 2012.
(Authors Reply, August 2012)

Book review by Peter Coy in Bloomberg Businessweek, April 2012.

Book review by Warren Bass in The Washington Post, April 2012.

Book review by Nancy Birdsall in IMF, March 2012

The Big Why by The Economist, March 2012.

The Povetry of Nations by Dalibor Rohac in The Wall Street Journal, March 2012.

The Roots of Hardship by William Easterly in The Wall Street Journal, March 2012.

Book review by Paul Collier in The Observer March 2012.

The Wealth of Nations by Martin Wolf in The Financial Times, March 2012.

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