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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.
When I finished reading this book, this was the big question in my mind, and it is a disturbing one.
My brief review of some of Ha-Joon Chang's books convinces me that while humanity messes everything up to a greater or lesser degree, capitalism is easily the best system ever... Read morePublished 25 days ago by S. Austin
I read this book several years ago and to this day this book has helped shaped much of my ideas and ideology on capitalism, free trade, and economics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Umar G.
This book is the best attack yet on the dogmas of "free markets" and "free trade". It is a fun and informative read, full of trenchant satire of the kind you'd expect to come from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard H. Burkhart
Well written and researched. Good book for anyone's economic shelf.
This just goes to show tht capitalism is not everything that it seems to be.
A well-founded, eminently readable book. Obligatory reading, if you live in a developing country and work on innovation, research or the developing of new industries, I like most... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julio1fer
Very informative especially on economic history of advanced nations and globalization.
Clear insights into what works and what doesn't with an argument for pragmatism and... Read more
Ha-Joon Chang has the gift of making difficult subjects easy to laypeople to understand.
He makes a rational spirited attack on what he feels is the hypocrisy of the... Read more
Bad Samaritans is a book with a perfectly viable and at times well-argued central proposition (that free-trade international economic orthodoxy is an oversimplified and destructive... Read morePublished 3 months ago
A great book that brings to the reader some very realistic views on the international political economy and economic development.Published 4 months ago by Carlos Castro