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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    not great

    The author basically only cites his own work. One could call this a research in the vacuum...
    It is very idealistic and lacks references to prove most of the assertions made.
    The ideals of development promotion are extremely relevant, but the book lacks persuasiveness through scientific proof.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Bottom Billion Review for English Class

    The book The Bottom Billion is written by Paul Collier and presents his ideas about how to solve the problems associated with the poorest of the poor, the poorest billion people on earth.The book outlines the four major issues or ¿traps¿ that virtually all of the bottom billion have in common and hypothesizes that there are tangible solutions to reduce the plight of this group of people. He acknowledges that there is no cookie cutter answer that will solve all of the problems because no two countries that make up the poorest of the poor are alike. Haiti in the Western Hemisphere, Laos in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan in Central Asia point to the variety of places and people that comprise the bottom billion. The complexities of solving such a problem cannot be limited to a single book or the ideas of a single person. Therefore, I do not fully support all of his ideas but do consider them to serve as a very real framework for discussions that may lead to tangible change in some of the most needy parts of the world.

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