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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor by [David S. Landes]

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Editorial Reviews

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Harvard professor emeritus of history Landes argues that for the last thousand years, Western civilizationAwith its knowledge, techniques, and political and social ideologiesAhas been "the prime mover of development and modernity" and that countries such as Japan have become rich because they emulated the West. (LJ 3/1/98)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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“Powerful and lucid.... There are few historians who would not be proud to be the author of this book.”
- Eric Hobsbawm, Los Angeles Times

“Mr. Landes writes with verve and gusto.... This is indeed good history.”
- Douglass C. North, Wall Street Journal

“You cannot even begin to think about problems of economic development and convergence without knowing the story that Landes tells. ...I know of no better place to start thinking about the wealth and poverty of nations.”
- J. Bradford DeLong, Washington Post

“Enormously erudite and provocative.... Never less than scintillating, witty, and brilliant.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Truly wonderful. No question that this will establish David Landes as preeminent in his field and in his time.”
- John Kenneth Galbraith

“A picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight... embodied in a light and vigorous prose which carries the reader along irresistibly.”
- Kenneth Arrow

“A masterly survey... with verve, broad vision, and a whole series of sharp opinions that he is not shy about stating plainly.”
- Robert Solow --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Publication date : May 17, 1999
  • File size : 3643 KB
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (May 17, 1999)
  • ASIN : B0049H96FA
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 692 pages
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 298 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars it continues to be of great value and interest
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... where it did and why countries are rich or poor. Shows that three factors determine the wealth or ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explains the workings of the modern world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent opus by Landes.
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