Friday, November 16, 2007
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November's Books of the Month
This month's international relations book is Dani Rodrik's One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth. After having read an ever-increasing number of economic development treatises, Rodrik's book is one of the best and describing the current state of play. Of course, this earns him tons of flak -- as he says on his own blog, "[my work] is perfectly calibrated to annoy both the adherents and opponents of the standard way of doing economics."
The general interest book is Walter Russell Mead's God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World. Mead's objective in the book is to explain how and why Great Britain and the United States have defined the global order, for good or for ill. This is an engaging, fun and provocative book. Mead does an outstanding job of burrowing deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the Anglo-American psyche without forgetting the big picture. It's a little heavy on the Friedmanesque metaphors, but it's a small price to pay for an interesting read.posted by Dan on 11.16.07 at 04:16 PM
Admittedly I'm only responding to the NYTimes review of Mead's book, but they essentially take him to task for assuming a benign imperialism in which no nation joins an empire against its will and no population is ever subject to violence. Oh, and Iraq has no strategic consequences worth mentioning. I'm exaggerating to a certain extent, but none of these gripes appear in your paragraph. Is it because they're not there or you consider them unimportant?posted by: Adrian on 11.16.07 at 04:16 PM [permalink]
Um, why isn't "God and Gold" the international relations pick and "One Economics" the general interest pick?posted by: Paul Cossins on 11.16.07 at 04:16 PM [permalink]
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