Sunday, February 12, 2006

Easterly on Africa in Washington Post

Easterly writes poignantly about Africa today. If you have read Sach's The End of Poverty but have not read Easterly's The Elusive Quest for Growth, I suggest you get off yer Gerbil Wheel and pick it up, or perhaps erect a stand in front of your wheel so you can spin it and read at the same time. Reading the two books side by side is like listening to the defense and prosecution present their case--with the difference that lives are on the line, and Easterly has the numbers. There are few more important issues today than "what to do about Africa;" if Easterly is ignored, one will be able to say the exact same thing in thirty years.

1 Comments:

Blogger Justin Cox said...

Just wanted to throw my two cents in for "The Elusive Quest for Growth." A truly fascinating and illuminating read.

In the same general vein, "Guns, Germs and Steel" is also worth a read, even if the author (Jared Diamond) reaches a bit on the data outside his field. Definitely worth the read.

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