You MUST SEE at least Ted Collier's video on TED about the same topics:
The book covers same topics with a sharp, wider and clear analysis.
You can disagree on some principles and directions but not on data and statistics on which his book is based.
Taught me something important on something that I care.
Being a scholar Paul Collier is rather too complacent with the current economic system, never object of his critical enquiry.
However he provides a number of non traditional courses of actions, many not explored so far, that must be carefully considered by anyone genuinely interested in development.
An interesting book that invites to act multidimensionally in a complex world.
A good book on solving problems in the developing world. Contrary to what you think, the solutions are not so obvious. This was the 1st year Ph.D., 2nd term book study at the University of Western Ontario. The author places too much emphasis on peer-reviewed research. He makes it sound like when something is peer-reviewed that it is fact, when in fact usually most peer-reviewed research is contested, and much of it is eventually discarded or improved....Continua