False Economy A Suprising Economic History of the World

ISBN-10: 1594484449

ISBN-13: 9781594484445

Edition: N/A

Authors: Alan Beattie

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A "provocative...persuasive" (The New York Times) book that examines countries' economic destinies. In False Economy, Alan Beattie weaves together elements of economics, history, politics, and human stories, revealing that governments and countries make concrete choices that can determine whether they remain a rich or poor nation. He also addresses larger questions about why they make they choices they do, and what they mean for the future of our global economy. But despite the heady subject matter, False Economyis a lively and lucid book that engagingly and thought-provokingly examines macroeconomics and the fault lines and successes that can make or break a culture. Along the way, readers will discover why Africa doesn't grow cocaine, why our asparagus comes from Peru, why our keyboard spells QWERTY, and why giant pandas are living on borrowed time.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.54" wide x 8.24" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Making Choices: Why Did Argentina Succeed And The United States Stall?
Cities: Why Didn't Washington, D.C., Get The Vote?
Trade: Why Does Egypt Import Half Its Staple Food?
Natural Resources: Why Are Oil And Diamonds More Trouble Than They Are Worth?
Religion: Why Don�t Islamic Countries Get Rich?
Politics Of Development: Why Does Our Asparagus Come From Peru?
Trade Routes And Supply Chains: Why Doesn't Africa Grow Cocaine?
Corruption: Why Did Indonesia Prosper Under A Crooked Ruler And Tanzania Stay Poor Under An Honest One?
Path Dependence: Why Are Pandas So Useless?
Conclusion: Our Remedies Oft In Ourselves Do Lie
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography and Notes
Index
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