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Argentina: An Economic Chronicle. How one of the richest countries in the world lost its wealth Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jorge Pinto Books Inc. (January 2, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OU02TE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shanker Satyanath on February 5, 2013
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Way too many personal anecdotes and not enough analysis. This is very disappointing because the puzzle of Argentina's growth trajectory is most intriguing. A large part of the book is devoted to touting the author's importance and achievements instead of focusing on the plight of Argentines.
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24 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dalton C. Rocha on April 25, 2009
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I read this regular book, here in Brazil.This book is about argentine economic history, in the last decades.
There's many good parts of this book,that are very good.
Same examples:
Page 7:"By 1910... Argentina was one of foremost countries in the world.It was one of the most important grain and meat exporters.Its GDP represented 50 percent of all Hispanic America, ranked in the world's economy, and its amounted to 7 percent of world's total."
Page 18:"Between May 1973 and March 1976, when the military returned to power, there were 5079 terrorist attacks".
Page 150:"I hope I am wrong, but my understanding of the fiscal history of Argentina over the past sixty years does not make me optimistic about the future in spite of the good perforamnce of the economy in the 2003-2007 period."
Some mistaks are in this book.To example, on page 44, there's a claim that Alfonsin came after eight years of military rule, whyle the military rule was of seven years.
Compared to the book "The Crisis of Argentine Capitalism", by Paul H. Lewis, this book isn't outdated, but this book is far worse than Lewis' book.
Why?Because this book hasn't deepness in anything, about Argentine economic history.Beyond any doubt, Argentina was a developed country in the past.Decades before Spain, Argentina was the first Spanish speaking country, to have a first world status, but this became over decades ago.
This book hasn't nothing about the so called "Concordacia" between 1930-1945 and almost nothing, about Perón government.
Perón wasn't just corrupt, but also a calamity and a watershed in Argentine history.Perón took terrible ways to rule Argentina.
Argentina became third world, because of "Concordacia" or because of Perón?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Istvan P. Szekely on December 13, 2007
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This is a special book for a number of reasons. It is an excellent account of how bad policies and politicians can destroy wealth. The problem is much deeper than just the lack of fiscal discipline, though the observations on the continuous deterioration of the Argentine fiscal system are really enlightening. But Vito Tanzi offers much more than just a pure "narrow-minded" economic analysis, he describes a society that lost the most important element of success, social coordination. A fascinating reading for everyone, economists and non-economists alike. I cannot resist pointing out that there is another beautiful country in Europe Vito frequently visited in the past four decades that would certainly benefit from a book like this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Iden on January 13, 2008
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Vito Tanzi has written a compact, highly readable account, of the causes and consequences of Argentina's economic decline since the early Twentieth Century, providing valuable lessons for Argentina, for other countries, and for the International Monetary Fund. According to Mr. Tanzi, a persistent lack of fiscal discipline led to economic disaster, and the International Monetary Fund fed, prolonged, and intensified the process. In telling this compelling account, he also provides an appealing introduction to Argentina, with its beautiful tourist attractions and rich cultural heritage. I highly recommend this book both to economists and non-economists alike.
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By Ad on May 20, 2013
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Before my trip to Argentina I wanted a general economic understanding of the nation without reading a textbook. This did the trick. There were a couple of chapters that read more like a travelogue ( I didn't really need to know that the author took a shower in the morning) so some extra editing would have been useful.
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Good summary of Argentina's economic disasters during the last century focusing only in a short period of time during the writer's times in the IMF. Argentina's follies needs more than that but certainly this book adds to the literature.
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