Bill Easterly on "Why Nations Fail"

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It might have been have a mistake to read Bill Easterly's review of Acemoglu and Robinson on "Why Nations Fail" before I finished reading it myself, but Easterly is not to be set aside. I'm two-thirds of the way through the book, and enjoying it very much--but with reservations, which I'll explain later. Nonetheless I dare say I'll be agreeing with Easterly's overall assessment.

"Why Nations Fail" is a vital work for these times, directing our attention to the big picture regarding the poverty and prosperity of nations. It an eloquent and powerful statement of the long-run success of democratic capitalism at a time when it is under attack.

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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