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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 Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions - with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories.

Based on 15 years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including:

  • China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West?
  • Are America’s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?
  • What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson’s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions?

Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at—and understand—the world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Daron Acemoglu (P)2012 Random House

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"Why Nations Fail is a truly awesome book. Acemoglu and Robinson tackle one of the most important problems in the social sciences - a question that has bedeviled leading thinkers for centuries - and offer an answer that is brilliant in its simplicity and power. A wonderfully readable mix of history, political science, and economics, this book will change the way we think about economic development. Why Nations Fail is a must-read book." (Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics)

"You will have three reasons to love this book: It’s about national income differences within the modern world, perhaps the biggest problem facing the world today. It’s peppered with fascinating stories that will make you a spellbinder at cocktail parties - such as why Botswana is prospering and Sierra Leone isn’t. And it’s a great read. Like me, you may succumb to reading it in one go, and then you may come back to it again and again." (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the best sellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse)
"A compelling and highly readable book. And [the] conclusion is a cheering one: The authoritarian ‘extractive’ institutions like the ones that drive growth in China today are bound to run out of steam. Without the inclusive institutions that first evolved in the West, sustainable growth is impossible, because only a truly free society can foster genuine innovation and the creative destruction that is its corollary." (Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money)

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Hochinformativ und spannend

Wer einerseits Interesse an Geschichte, hat und andererseits an Politik ist bei diesem Hörbuch richtig. Es versucht ein Erklärungsmodell für die rational gesehen heutzutage fast unerklärliche Ungleichheit und Ungerechtigkeit und bitterste Armut in der Welt zu finden. Nicht jeder wird dem Autor in allem zustimmen aber hochkomplexe Zusammenhänge werden definitiv hochspannend analysiert.
Schockierend ist, in welch hohem Ausmaß Staaten von Verbrechern und verbrecherischen Gruppierungen regiert wurden und werden, die für den eigenen Profit über Leichen gehen.
Schade ist, dass das Buch keine Analyse der Entwicklung in Deutschland bietet.
Hat sich sehr gelohnt.

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Zieht sich

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Why Nations Fail gefallen?

Soziohistorisch interessanter Ansatz

Was war der interessanteste Aspekt der Handlung? Welcher der uninteressanteste?

wie systematisch gesellschaftliche Bedingungen manipuliert wurden, von mir als Durchschnitttswissendem aber als gegeben hingenommen werden.Das ständige Wiederkäuen, Historienausritte ohne roten Faden. Hsitorisch/ethnisches name dropping

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

nein

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

in einem Hörbuch immer von Grafiken zu reden oder von an"anderer Stelle in diesem Buch" zeigt m.e. einen lieblose Bearbeitung

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Creative destruction of nations.

Allowing individuals to take their own destiny in their hands and giving them the power to pursue allong the chosen path is the recipy for success. This is the basic thesis of the book and as such an "en vogue" book , let it be said with much more details, with more case studies and in a clear and consise language. A must to readers that are not yet familiar with these theories.

The title "why nations fail" however also express the shortcoming of the book. The obvious question: why nations only can fail and are not subject to creative destruction is never asked. For a five star rating I would have prefered a book with title "creative distruction of nations: a solution to poverty?".

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Enlightening view on why nations are failing

The author and his colleagues have found a promising theory on why some nations fail and others succeed. They provide lots of examples and go into detail on many of them, which felt a bit repetitive at times. For me personally this would've sufficed in a briefer fashion, but it's understandable, that they has to provide a large amount of evidence for such a ubiquitous theory.

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Could not finish the book

Too long and boring, go and find another book and don’t waste your time and money

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Could have been 80% shorter

Good overall messages, but too many unnecessary information / backgrounds. Reduce it to 20% of the primary content and it would be great.

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Politics and history

Amazing politics-history mix This is my first book about politics, and I love it

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Mind blowing

Sometimes we get caught up in the details. But often the great insights come from looking at the larger patterns. The authors succeed to demonstrate that prosperity is about pluralistic institutions. One caveat: the book could have been 10h shorter, as they repeat themselves a lot. The examples are vivid, but drive home similar or equal arguments. All in all a good Book to learn about power and economics.

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Good but very repetitive

Good hypothesis but quite repetitive. 40 page article would have done the job. Maybe it was a bet: How many hundred times can you sneak "extractive political institutions" into one book. Bit more economics and bit less anecdotes fittong history to the hypithesis would have been nice.

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A new theory on economy, inequality and policy

This book provides profound analysis on the interrelationships between pluralism and economic outcome thruout history.