False Economy : A Suprising Economic History of the World

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/6/2010
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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Why do some economies crash and burn, while others are buffeted by the storms of history and are able to recover? Can we analyze the fates of countries in a way that will help us analyze the fault lines and successes that can make or break a city, a culture, or a civilization?

Author Biography

Alan Beattie graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a degree in history. After taking a master's degree in economics at Cambridge, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and then joined the Financial Times in 1998. He is currently the paper's world trade editor.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Making Choices: Why Did Argentina Succeed And The United States Stall?p. 5
Cities: Why Didn't Washington, D.C., Get The Vote?p. 47
Trade: Why Does Egypt Import Half Its Staple Food?p. 79
Natural Resources: Why Are Oil And Diamonds More Trouble Than They Are Worth?p. 109
Religion: Why DonĘt Islamic Countries Get Rich?p. 139
Politics Of Development: Why Does Our Asparagus Come From Peru?p. 173
Trade Routes And Supply Chains: Why Doesn't Africa Grow Cocaine?p. 211
Corruption: Why Did Indonesia Prosper Under A Crooked Ruler And Tanzania Stay Poor Under An Honest One?p. 247
Path Dependence: Why Are Pandas So Useless?p. 281
Conclusion: Our Remedies Oft In Ourselves Do Liep. 315
Acknowledgmentsp. 331
Selected Bibliography and Notesp. 333
Indexp. 343
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