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Globalization: The Irrational Fear that Someone in China Will Take Your Job by Bruce C. Greenwalk and Judd Kahn

September 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Globalization: The Irrational Fear that Someone in China Will Take Your Job by Bruce C. Greenwalk and Judd Kahn

Rating: Meh

Lesson Learned: Just cause the book has a clever title doesn’t make the book clever

I have a real bad habit of buying books whose cover or title is really good. This book fell into the later category. I assumed the book would be as clever as the title, but that didn’t pan out. It was an academic explanation of globalization with charts, graphs and everything. It was okay, but it didn’t give you good enough arguments for the people who really believe they can save jobs from going to China…but maybe people who are so nervous about overseas expansion will never be able to listen to opposing arguments.

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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It by Paul Collier

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It by Paul Collier

Rating: Good

Lesson Learned: Work it out

There are lots of reasons that plunge countries into financial collapse. Collier is an academic, but writes for everyone. I imagine he is a hoot in class. I had a hard time getting through it all, but it is worth a read.

Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger

Rating: Good

Lesson Learned: Academic Globalization

Thomas Friedman is wonderful, but The World is Flat isn’t a good explanation of globalization. It is a good book and there is truth to what he says and I think it should be read, but it is written by a journalist. Stegers explanation of globalization is good. It is a highly technical read and the size fools you until you realize you are reading 6 pt font. Conclusion: Read Friedman on the plane, read something academic before you talk about the subject like you know it. I’m a Friedman lover, so don’t get the wrong impression, but I think he would even admit his book is antecdotal, which, again, is a good thing.

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