23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

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Penguin, 2011 - Capitalism - 286 pages
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'This Cambridge professor delights in paradox. And myth-busting . . . he does this with charm and a desire to see how things work in the real world' Guardian, 'In Praise of Ha-Joon Chang' In this revelatory book, Ha-Joon Chang destroys the biggest myths of our times and shows us the truth about how the world really works, including- there's no such thing as a free market; the washing machine has changed lives more than the internet; people in poor countries are more entrepreneurial than in wealthy ones; and making rich people richer doesn't make the rest of us richer. We don't have to accept things as they are any longer. Ha-Joon Chang is here to show us there's a better way. 'Lively, accessible and provocative . . . read this book'Sunday Times'A witty and timely debunking of some of the biggest myths surrounding the global economy'Observer'The new kid on the economics block . . . Chang's iconoclastic attitude has won him fans'Independent on Sunday'Lucid . . . audacious . . . increasingly influential . . . will provoke physical symptoms of revulsion if you are in any way involved in high finance'Guardian'Important . . . persuasive . . . an engaging case for a more caring era of globalization'Financial Times'A must-read . . . incisive and entertaining' New Statesman

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User Review  - dougb56586 - LibraryThing

The 23 things of the title are specific criticisms the author makes against “Free Market” economics. I read and enjoyed his earlier book, “Bad Samaritans”. I enjoyed this book as well, but with have ... Read full review

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User Review  - bicyclewriter - LibraryThing

National and world economics is such a confusing thing to normal folks, and this book does a super job of simplifying things in a way that helps the reader see the big picture and the context. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Born in South Korea, Ha-Joon Changis a specialist in development economics and Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, Chang was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He is author of Kicking Away the Ladder- Development Strategy in Historical Perspective(2002), which won the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize, and Bad Samaritans- Rich Nations, Poor Policies and the Threat to the Developing World(2007).

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