More than 700 book reviews

Tag Archive for ‘foreign aid’

Who’s responsible for corruption in Africa?

A review of The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth, by Tom Burgis @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Misconceptions abound in the public perception of corruption in Africa. Tom Burgis’ incisive new analysis of corruption on the continent, The Looting Machine, dispels these dangerous myths. For starters, corruption is mistakenly believed to reign… Read More ›

The 14 best nonfiction books of the past five years

Caveat emptor: I don’t pretend that the 14 books in this list are THE BEST nonfiction books published during the five years since I began reviewing books in this blog. However, they’re the best ones I read and reviewed, every one of them a source of enlightenment that deepened my understanding of the world we… Read More ›

A surprising analysis: why development happens (or doesn’t)

A review of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor,  by William Easterly @@@@@ (5 out of 5) This book is full of surprises. In The Tyranny of Experts, the author of the seminal book The White Man’s Burden drills down into the history of economic development around the… Read More ›

Inequality, Infant Mortality, and Foreign Aid

A review of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, by Angus Deaton @@@@ (4 out of 5) Has the human race made progress since the days when all our lives were nasty, brutish, and short? Some might think this question patently silly, since it would appear to answer itself. But Angus… Read More ›

Jeffrey Sachs unmasked

A  review of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina Munk @@@@@ (5 out of 5) It’s difficult even to dip your toes into the field of poverty without tripping over the Millennium Villages Project. So extensive has been the coverage of this ambitious – some would say hubristic –… Read More ›

Narrowing global inequities: a reading list

As I’ve dug more deeply into the subject of global poverty in the course of writing The Business Solution to Poverty with Paul Polak, it has become increasingly clear to me that truly understanding how today’s glaring inequities have come about requires extensive knowledge in a wide array of topics, from Third World history to… Read More ›

Heads up: My new book will be in stores Sept. 9

An introduction to the life and work of Dr. Paul Polak, co-author with Mal Warwick of the forthcoming book, The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers.

The sorry record of microcredit laid bare by an industry veteran

A review of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor, by Hugh Sinclair. @@@@@ (5 out of 5). Microfinance has been hijacked by profiteers, and we need to reclaim it for the poor.

Books that helped me understand the world

The 20 nonfiction books that have impressed me the most in recent years.

Must reading about global poverty and the contrasting approaches to ending it

A review of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. @@@@@ (5 out of 5). Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo seek a pragmatic path between the extreme positions advanced by economists Jeffrey Sachs and William Easterly. Sachs advocates massive foreign aid. Easterly asserts it does more harm than good.