This is a class A book and a must read for anyone interested in economic history.
He even goes so far as to say that these "Oriental despotisms," which he does not differentiate, appointed officials by fiat and not by merit.
And, I might add, his fine, conversational writing style makes the subject (and length of the book) less intimidating.
This book was recommended to me by a friend when I told him I liked Jared Diamond's book. "Guns Germs and Steel" on the same subject.
This book wanders too much. Read more
David Landes effort is a waste of. Nations develop because theye have the impulse to think about anything. The best example is the ancient greeks. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Victor
The more we study about history and economics, the better we can then analyze our current life and political/economic situation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joel M. Wilson
This book has been read by millions and reviewed by hundreds. I don't think I can add much more. It's an intriguing premise and Author Landes's conclusions are well supported. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Walker
Great book to explain the broad brush of economics and why some countries do better than others. One of those must read booksPublished 7 months ago by kcor
A must read for anyone interest in the interaction of economics, geography, culture and politics. The discussion of the reasons the industrial revolution occurred in Europe as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Vincent A. Roscelli
This is a brilliant book. I read it some time ago and still love it.
So many things in everyday life and so many origins of nowadays issues of nations become obvious after one... Read more
The book goes on for chapters upon chapters proving its thesis with anecdotes. The classic idiom, "which came first the chicken or the egg," applies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by James