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Promises Not Kept: Poverty and The Betrayal of Third World Development 7th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1565492161
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Editorial Reviews

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"A balanced, penetrating, and exciting account of why most people on the planet are poor, who has betrayed the promise [for social change], and what we can do about it."

"A superb overview of third world development... Challenges people in developed nations to accept their share of responsibility for Third World stagnation... Highly recommended for general as well as academic readers."

"Offers provocative answers to the question of increasing world poverty. For those interested in examining and analyzing international development issues, this book would serve as a background."

"Continues to be one of the best short books on the subject of social change in the Third World."

From the Publisher

Unique features:
-Extremely readable, broad historical survey of Third World issues, written by an author committed to social justice
-Clear exposition of different theories of underdevelopment
-Data and analysis completely updated

For the benefit of professors who have been using the fifth edition of Promises Not Kept here are the main changes you will find in the sixth edition:

General revisions

Facts and figures have been updated throughout the book
Each chapter now concludes with a short list of suggested further readings
The pagination is revised throughout the book, though chapter numbers and titles remain unchanged, except for chapter eight, renamed "The Future: Justice in an Age of Globalization"

Other main changes, chapter by chapter

Chapter Five
Updated information on nationalist movements, including a new section on Islamic fundamentalism

Chapter Seven
Comprehensively revised and updated information on foreign policy, particularly dealing with the war on terrorism

Chapter Eight
Comprehensively revised and updated, to deal more fully with the phenomenon of globalization --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press; 7 edition (June 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565492161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565492165
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Much of the clarity and conciseness that marked the 3rd edition of this work as an excellent introduction to the study of underdevelopment has been lost in the 4th edition. I have used the 3rd edition several times in the past two years as a primary text for a college-level course dealing with Third World culture and politics. This semester, I moved perforce to the 4th edition and have noted that my students (most of whom are having their first exposure to international political economy and who are neither political science nor economics majors) are having far more difficulty in comprehending the theoretical bases for explaining underdevelopment than they have had in the past. In short, the 4th edition is a step backwards and is somewhat disappointing. In my opinion, the 4th edition of this work has replaced an excellent resource with merely a good one.
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(This is a review based upon the third edition). This book was a watershed in my understanding of the history of global poverty and the developing world. There are specific reasons why the majority of the world is still poor (and it wasn't what I learned growing up). A great primer for all who are considering working, volunteering, or even touring in the "third world." While not comprehensive, a great introduction to the history, the global economy and the legacy of colonialism and global independence movements. Provides a solid framework to begin understanding the world beyond the evening news.
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Well written book on the economic/social consequences that first world countries have on third world countries. A highly nuanced book offering a map to the dysfunction and demise of the third world countries and the major role that the west had.
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By Julie on January 25, 2013
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Had to buy this book for an Urban Education class... Though the readings were mandatory, book was interesting to read!
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