The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 0143038826

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From one of the world’s best-known development economists—an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the West’s efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing world

In his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly criticized the utter ineffectiveness of Western organizations to mitigate global poverty, and he was promptly fired by his then-employer, the World Bank. The White Man’s Burden is his widely anticipated counterpunch—a brilliant and blistering indictment of the West’s economic policies for the world’s poor. Sometimes angry, sometimes irreverent, but always clear-eyed and rigorous, Easterly argues that we in the West need to face our own history of ineptitude and draw the proper conclusions, especially at a time when the question of our ability to transplant Western institutions has become one of the most pressing issues we face.

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Markets, the Poor Have Bureaucrats CHAPTER SIX Bailing Out the Poor CHAPTER SEVEN The Healers: Triumph and Tragedy PART III THE WHITE MAN’S ARMY CHAPTER EIGHT From Colonialism to Postmodern Imperialism CHAPTER NINE Invading the Poor PART IV THE FUTURE CHAPTER TEN Homegrown Development CHAPTER ELEVEN The Future of Western Assistance ACKNOWLEDGMENTS NOTES INDEX The WHITE MAN’S BURDEN SNAPSHOT: AMARETCH IAM DRIVING OUT OF

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