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“A well-researched and readable case against free-trade orthodoxy.” —Business Week
“A lively addition to the protectionist side of the debate…well written and far more serious than most anti-globalization gibberish.” — New York Sun
“Bookstore shelves are loaded with offerings by economists and commentators seeking to explain, in accessible prose, why free-trade-style globalization is desirable and even indispensable for countries the world over. Now comes the best riposte from the critics that I have seen. Readers who are leery of open-market orthodoxy will rejoice at the cogency of Bad Samaritans. Ha-Joon Chang has the credentials -- he's on the economics faculty at Cambridge University -- and the storytelling skill to make a well-informed, engaging case against the dogma propagated by globalization's cheerleaders. Believers in free trade will find that the book forces them to recalibrate and maybe even backpedal a bit….Chang's book deserves a wide readership for illuminating the need for humility about the virtues of private markets and free trade, especially in the developing world.” —Paul Blustein, Washington Post
“Lucid, deeply informed, and enlivened with striking illustrations, this penetrating study could be entitled “economics in the real world.” Chang reveals the yawning gap between standard doctrines concerning economic development and what really has taken place from the origins of the industrial revolution until today. His incisive analysis shows how, and why, prescriptions based on reigning doctrines have caused severe harm, particularly to the most vulnerable and defenseless, and are likely to continue to do so. He goes on to provide sensible and constructive proposals, solidly based on economic theory and historical evidence, as to how the global economy could be redesigned to proceed on a far more humane and civilized course. And his warnings of what might happen if corrective action is not taken are grim and apt.” – Noam Chomsky
“A smart, lively, and provocative book that offers us compelling new ways of looking at globalization.” —Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics
“I recommend this book to people who have any interest in these issues—i.e. everyone.” —Bob Geldof
“Every orthodoxy needs effective critics. Ha-Joon Chang is probably the world’s most effective critic of globalization. He does not deny the benefits to developing countries of integration into the world economy. But he draws on the lessons of history to argue that they must be allowed to integrate on their own terms.” —Martin Wolf, Financial Times, author of Why Globalization Works
“This is a marvelous book. Well researched, panoramic in its scope and beautifully written, Bad Samaritans is the perfect riposte to devotees of a one-size-fits-all model of growth and globalisation. I strongly urge you to read it.”—Larry Elliott, economics editor, the Guardian
This book is extremely well researched and documented.
I find it interesting to think that patent protection for most things is not necessary or enforcable in developing countries and is incompatable with free trade.
The book is well written and a great pleasure to read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in development.
Easy read that expands and reinforces Piketty's seminal insight. Very informative by itself, but better with Capital in the 21st Century and the other Ha-Joon books.Published 24 days ago by George McDuffee
It is not actually a book about economics, but about history. Therefore, it contains verifiable facts, not theory. Very easy reading. It is aimed precisely at the good samaritans. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gonzalez Guillermo A
Loved this book. It was easy to read and follow. The world can function differently and it all starts with reading to open up our minds.Published 2 months ago by Mosa
I recommand this book to any developing country scholar regardless their field. Must read for elites involve or not in their country education, economy, business etc.Published 2 months ago by Gerard A. Akindes
There are few things economists agree on, but the one thing they seem to agree is that free trade is universally beneficial, whether you are liberal, conservative, or centrist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by iypoon
Just like in "23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism," Ha-Joon Chang elegantly and indisputably points out the lies and hidden truths of how so-called free trade... Read morePublished 3 months ago by paul
The topics addressed in the book are worth examining for sure but the author is too biased. This is a politically driven book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B Hector
I had heard the author in a radio interview and was intrigued. He has certainly put a lot of thought into his arguments, and his writing is solid. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My first impression was that the book was anti-capitalism, but as I read further I realize that it strayed from the dogma of free market fundamentalism. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keith D. Barger