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And this is the point of the book: not to denigrate any particular culture, but to figure out how all people can improve their quality of life. In the words of Harrison, who pens the book's concluding essay, "It offers an important insight into why some countries and ethnic/religious groups have done better than others, not just in economic terms but also with respect to consolidation of democratic institutions and social justice. And those lessons of experience, which are increasingly finding practical application, particularly in Latin America, may help to illuminate the path to progress for that substantial majority of the world's people for whom prosperity, democracy, and social justice have remained out of reach." --John J. Miller
This is a wonderful book depicting the impact of various cultures on human progress and development.Published 12 months ago by Bill Hendricksen
Used this book recently for a Global Studies class in college. Although some of the statistics and information are a little outdated now that this book is about 15 years old, it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Justin Janich
The U.S. intelligence system in low intensity operations needs to be properly integrated into the new world order. Read morePublished on January 26, 2005 by M. Conrad Hunter
My comments are at tangent with the rest (with most of which I agree) because I think the publishers have ruined the readability of this book by printing on cheap paper, poor... Read morePublished on May 7, 2004 by Bill of Sydney
The book is a collection of essays on "culture." I am not giving away the book if I tell you that the punch line:is "do you know how many anthropologists it takes... Read morePublished on December 11, 2000 by Amazon Customer
The main premise of this book is, as far as I can tell, obviously true: a group's cultural values can make a difference in that group's success, prosperity and competitiveness. Read morePublished on September 13, 2000 by Reader
Culture is neither as obvious or as simple as the essays in this book make it out to be. Of course it matters for development, no one needs to be told that (except perhaps for... Read morePublished on August 28, 2000
It is surprising to me that 40 years after Rostow said USA is the most advanced country in the world, there are still people (not surprisingly Americans) who still think they are... Read morePublished on July 25, 2000 by Mark DeNiro