- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Cato Institute (October 26, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930865155
- ISBN-13: 978-1930865150
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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The Race to the Top: The Real Story of Globalization Paperback – October 26, 2001
From Library Journal
Until recently, both the American mindset and the American economy have been particularly insular. Larsson, a doctoral student and freelance writer, brings home the new world perspective in this highly personal book about the effects of globalization on large and small companies in various communities throughout the world. A Swede by birth, Larsson writes from the unusual perspective (for American readers) of firsthand experiences in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Thailand (he has a Thai wife). In this respect, his book has considerable value and makes a good companion to Thomas L. Friedman's recent overview of globalization, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (LJ 4/15/99). Larsson, who focuses on the more positive results of a global economy, provides a number of noteworthy comments on concepts such as "dumping" as it relates to prosperity, though he illustrates his points heavily with anecdotes rather than charts and figures. Libraries that specialize in economics may find this book of value. Steven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'Tomas Larsson tells the real story of globalization, which is the story of the expansion of individual liberty and personal responsibility. How much support would 'anti-dumping' legislation get if it were called, as it should be, anti-shopping legislation?' - P J O'Rourke, Author The CEO of the Sofa
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place, as it recounts the benefits of globalization. But it
seems to ramble a little, without ever directly making the
case that free trade, even unilateral free trade, always
helps a country, with the country's general public
benefitting more overall than special interests may be hurt.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's a very good book, but it
could be even better.
Those of you who wish to buy a comprehensive defense of free trade, this book is not for you. This book is rather a good source of stories and vignettes that would be helpful in a bar argument with the big hairy white guy next to you. Instead, I suggest that you pick up Against the Dead Hand by Brink Lindsey; it is much more comprehensive and gives a concise and accurate history of the struggle to "race to the top."
If you want to explore the issues of globalization to make your own decision on whether you agree with it or not, choose something else, or supplement this book heavily. It's a little boring, but may be useful once you have the background on globalization.
If you have a background in business, don't waste your time with this book. The arguments are based almost soley on Macro and Microeconomics 101 priciples.
If you are looking for fuel to support your Free-Trade fire, this book will provide you with many supportive case studies. You have my blessing to read this book.