The list author says: "I read dozens and maybe hundreds of books each year. Occasionally, I find a book that contains inside it an "epiphany" of such simplicity and magnitude that I feel that everyone should read it. This list is my first step in achieving that (impossible) aim."
"Modern culture equates capitalism to greed. deSoto shatters that woefully inadequate simplification and explains how and why property rights allow people to create wealth. In so doing, he explains the plight of the 3rd world."
"This book may not deserve the "epiphany" status. However, the debate over the rise of China and decline of the US will dominate US politics for 50 years. This book helps readers understand the broad factors that contribute to the rise (and decline) of civilizations."