Why Nations Fail

The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Ranked #1 in Economic History, Ranked #1 in Development Economicssee more rankings.

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra...

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Mark Zuckerberg Founder/FacebookMy next book for A Year of Books is Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoğlu and James A. Robinson. This book explores the different kinds of social institutions and incentives that nations have applied to encourage prosperity, economic development and elimination of poverty. This is a good complement to our last book, Portfolios of the Poor, which focused on how people live in poverty. This one discusses why poverty exists and how to reduce it. (Source)

Bill Gates CEO/Microsoft"I read two books that raise big, interesting questions about social change and technological progress. I’m planning to write longer reviews of each of these books, but let me flag them for you now. One is Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson.The topic of this book is why some countries have prospered and created great living conditions for their citizens while others have not. This is an important topic, which I care a lot about. The book makes an appealing argument that economic development depends on political institutions... (Source)

Daron Acemoglu In terms of understanding this top inequality, I mentioned the possibility that it might be about politics. How should we think about politics? What are the levers of politics? For that we need a conceptual framework and that’s what this book tries to provide. It’s co-authored with my long-term collaborator and friend Jim Robinson – and it’s not about US or UK or Canadian inequality. It runs through several thousand years of history, and tries to explain how societies work and why, often, they fail to generate prosperity for their citizens. It’s a very political story. (Source)

Simon Johnson It’s one of those books that stretches your mind, so that you come away from it saying, Wow. I didn’t know that. (Source)

Tim Modise Great book, very perceptive. I recommend it to anyone who is open-minded and keen to help build a successful nation that provides support and is home to aspirant youths. 🇿🇦 https://t.co/JVODcQvUxX (Source)

Trevor Ncube @chapendamat1 Why Nations Fail is an amazing book. Enjoy (Source)

George Magnus The role of institutions is really important for societal development. (Source)

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