Backed up by solid research and written with humor.
To be fair, he may be doing all sorts of reading in other disciplines and just keeping it to himself, but the absence of footnotes makes it impossible to say.
He argues that coups are an even greater threat to most Third World Presidents than elections.
This is just a great book. Collier writes with wit, clarity, logic, humanity and an obvious affection for the world's poorest billion people who live in places where Western... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edgar Mcgarvey
Collier is the best economist on the planet and his analyses of why civil wars happen is right on the mark.Published 9 months ago by Paul K.
Fantastic insight in why the poorest countries have difficulties to get into an accelerated development path. Backed up by solid research and written with humor. Read morePublished 10 months ago by stijn van der krogt
This book is so challenging about our work in unstable environments. He offers insights and options that make absolute sense and do need to be thought through .Published 13 months ago by H. F. Green
For those who have been trying to educate themselves on certain international affairs such as politics of poor countries and arms trading this book attempts to explain it. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Denis Benchimol Minev
I found Guns, Wars, and Votes to be very thought-provoking. As I child I remember the frequency with which the news media joyfully announced a new country being birthed in Africa. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Vi from Colorado
It seems natural that introducing democracy should be a key step along the way to better governance and more prosperity in the Third World. But is this true in practice? Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Graham
This book is full of BS! it does not consider other points of views. I honestly do not think our form of democracy is the only form that the whole world should follow, homogenizing... Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by M. Taddesse
As a soldier on the ground during the Sunni Awakening in Iraq in 2007, this book is perfect for bridging the gap between academia and field work in post-conflict areas. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by J. Schulze