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    Interesting

    This book offers an interesting theory on why poor nations have a hard time getting out of their poverty. It's full of historical references so you learn a bit of that while reading to.
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    Historical destiny vs man-made history

    This is a great book to read to get a more rounded understanding of why some nations fail and others succeed throughout the ages. The geo-economic perspective promulgated by Jared Diamond sets out the thesis of how geographical advantages and obstacles shape the paths of development in the earlier ages but this book is particularly pertinent to our day and age now that geography has become far less of a factor in human development. Singapore is still fortunately blessed with largely inclusive political and economic institutions and for that due credit should be given to the founding fathers, but as the book aptly points out, this state of affairs is neither preordained or permanent.
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    Acemoglu and Robinson do a great job of taking aid and development economics and making it approachable to a wider audience. The do water down some and dramatize others of their points, but overall have a balanced style that makes the book easy to read but intellectually rewarding at the same time. Their take on development and what sets successful countries apart from the rest is very interesting and insightful. If you're interested in the world and how sociology, economics, politics, and power converge in the world around us, you should check it out.
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    Good

    Made a really good case, was fun and excellent to read. The brief histories made it compelling.
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    Who knew economic theory could be interesting

    Fascinating book that explains why some nations are more wealthy than others. I've always been fascinated by economics, but bored by it's theory. This book is bridges that gap in a fascinating way, by use of examples and easy to understand narratives. After reading it, I feel blessed to live in Canada and optimistic for the future.
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