Ha-Joon Chang (Faculty of Economics,
The book is provoked by Thomas Friedman (The Lexus and the Olive Tree), informed by Friedrich List and driven by a deep understanding of the real history of economic development in
The book is aimed at a general audience and the writing sometimes understandably lapses into the sort of rhetorical excess that Friedman et. al. are known for and therefore comes dangerous close to the sort of rhetoric I wrote about in Globaloney. Sometimes, alas, I think the author even crosses the line.
I wish that there had not been quite such a long gestation period between the debates that provoked the book and its eventual appearance. Finally, a bibliography would have made this volume more useful to potential student readers.
Interested readers should also check out Dani Rodrik One Economics, Many Recipes for a well-reasoned recent critique of free trade orthodoxy.