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

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"Readers cannot but be provoked and stimulated by this splendidly iconoclastic and refreshing book."—Andrew Porter, New York Times Book Review

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S. Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer, as Landes definitively illustrates, is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance. Rich with anecdotal evidence, piercing analysis, and a truly astonishing range of erudition, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is a "picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight" (Kenneth Arrow) as well as one of the most audaciously ambitious works of history in decades.

For the paperback edition, Landes has written a new epilogue, in which he takes account of Asian financial crisises and the international tension between overconfidence and reality.

About David S. Landes

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David S. Landes (1924—2013) was professor emeritus at Harvard University and the author of Bankers and Pashas, The Unbound Prometheus, and Revolution in Time.
Published May 17, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 658 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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 An enormously erudite and provocative history of how wealth and power became so unevenly distributed between the West and the rest of the world.

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David Landes focuses on explaining origins of European wealth.

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