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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
Just as some people can’t tell a joke, it seems that other people can’t write a book. Author Ha-Joon Chang attempts to make the case that American-led global intervention efforts... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John R. Holmes, Jr.
Perfect. New, cheap, and got it in time for my class! Which is really important and a point other sellers miss. So thank you!!Published 2 months ago by Kami5117
Citing historical evidence, the author argues against the neoliberal ideology and free-trade policies so pushed forward onto the developing countries by the "Bad... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Lai
Excellent book for progressives seeking debate-points when arguing with conservatives over the "myth" of Free Trade. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Whitman
This book mentions some interesting facts. Although many people now associate Samsung as a leading manufacturer of mobile phones, Samsung started out as an exporter or fresh fruit... Read morePublished 4 months ago by William
An argument against the acceptance of free trade as a panacea and the IMF GATT etc. imposing it on the less developed nation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Schaffer