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How Nations Grow Rich: The Case for Free Trade 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195112375
ISBN-10: 0195112377
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Hoover Institution economist Melvyn Krauss provides an easy-to-understand primer on why international markets serve national economies well. Protectionism in all its forms takes a beating on these pages. Krauss goes after environmentalists who opposed NAFTA, human rights activists worried about child labor, and consumer advocates concerned about safety. Closed economies do not advance any of these interests, says Krauss. His arguments occasionally proceed through straw men (a newspaper column by Anna Quindlen is the centerpiece of one section), but they are sound and persuasive. We all want fair trade, but Krauss shows that we're not likely to get it unless we have free trade first.

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"Melvyn Krauss...has been arguing for free trade--and against protectionist nonsense--for almost two decades.... His new book, How Nations Grow Rich, aims to `synthesize, extend, and apply the themes and analysis' of his earlier work. And indeed Mr. Krauss demonstrates how events in the past 15 years are confirming his hypotheses."--James Bovard, The Wall Street Journal

"Contains all the arguments one needs to understand why global free trade must march right over those politicians who seek to block its path."--Stuart Anderson, Talking Trade

"This is a forceful and very readable book on a subject in today's headlines. There are few economic writers--two or three at most--who go quickly and clearly to the heart of the matter and Krauss is one of them. I find him to be particularly good at exposing the speciousness of popular discussions of how the world economy works."--Edmund S. Phelps, McVickar Professor of Political Economy, Columbia University
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195112377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195112375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,545,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A reasonable quick introduction to free trade from someone who is obviously much in favour of it. Doesn't go deeply into things and is heavily based on fairly recent US-orientated examples. It appears to be reasonably well researched and the author backs up his points well but the book does not really grip or inspire you.
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This book presented an immensly skewed version of the realities of free trade's impacts on global society at large. It glossed over very real arguements against free trade and instead inflated what was obviously a predetermined and subjectively biased agenda in favor of the standard free trade dogma that has become so prevalent in corporatized American thinking. A must read for those who haven't yet read the typical free trade drivel, but a snoozer for those that have begun to see beyond it.
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