How the West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation Of The Industrial World

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How did the West—Europe, Canada, and the United States—escape from immemorial poverty into sustained economic growth and material well-being when other societies remained trapped in an endless cycle of birth, hunger, hardship, and death? In this elegant synthesis of economic history, two scholars argue that it is the political pluralism and the flexibility of the West's institutions—not corporate organization and mass production technology—that explain its unparalleled wealth.

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This book is exactly as described; an excellent review of how the modern world formed. Although it did not contain much that was new it contain much that is needed in one volume. This book was informative and within the limitations of economic history, interesting. That is rare in a book of high academic standards. Finally, for a book written over twenty-five years ago it holds up remarkably well. This is a five star book. It deserved a five star review. 

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Nathan Rosenberg, a leading expert on the history of technology, is an economist at Stanford University.

L.E. Birdzell, Jr. is an attorney and legal scholar, based in Newport, Rhode Island.

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