“Landes argues, for example, that the most significant invention of the last 800 years was the mechanical clock, because until you…can reliably subdivide time, you can’t have capitalism”
Nick Harkaway, Novelist
“It’s the most erudite examination of what causes economic development and growth that’s been written in many decades.”
Sean Turnell, Economist
“Another huge historical sweep on economic development and, perhaps controversially, this time more a view of why the West has been particularly successful and other countries have not.”
Stephen D King, Economist
“The Wealth And Poverty of Nations is one of several really fantastic economic history books of recent times.”
Diane Coyle, Economist
“He provides an explanation for why Western Europe was the cradle for modern economic growth and looks at the development of the institutions that made modern economic development possible.”
John Kay, Economist
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