09 November 2016

The Price of Prosperity

Why Rich Nations Fail and How to Renew Them

Todd G Buchholz
2016, Harper Collins, 384 pages,
ISBN 9780062405708

Reviewer: Matthew Whittaker, Chief Economist, Resolution Foundation

When a book ranges from telling you that Japanese shops sell more adult nappies than baby ones to explaining why wheels were banned in the country until the mid-19th century – with a tour round Cuba, the Renaissance Republic of Ragusa and the Ottoman Empire on the way – you know you are in for an entertaining, if sprawling read. When it is written by a former White House director of…

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