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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Bernstein Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: McGraw-Hill Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the breakthrough spirit of Against the Gods, William Bernstein's The Birth of Plenty has the topical uniqueness and storytelling panache to literally create its own category and listener. Based upon the premise that mankind experienced virtually zero economic growth from the dawn of time until 1820, this provocative, big-picture book identifies the four conditions necessary for sustained economic progress: property rights, scientific rationalism, capital markets, and communications and transportation technology; and then analyzes their gradual appearance and impact throughout every corner of the globe. Filled with best-selling author William Bernstein's trademark meticulous research and page-turning writing style, The Birth of Plenty explores:

  • Where the world economy could be headed next
  • Implications of the book's thesis for today's society
  • How the absence of one or more of the conditions continues to threaten beleaguered regions

Rare is the book that proposes an entirely new premise, validates that premise with inarguable research and analysis, and then explains beyond question both the relevance and the implications of its premise to the listener and the world at large. The Birth of Plenty is just such a book. From its unique, topical subject matter to its tremendous review potential, this insightful book will be one of the most talked-about volumes of the publishing season.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacob Gustafsson | 10/5/2013

    " This book deals with how a few inventions radically changed the pace of world development. The telegraph, intellectual rights, and debt financing all led to radical changes. Interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 6/6/2013

    " This book was pretty dense and academic. The content was well researched and the overall idea was thought provoking. However, it was tough to get through this book. Only read this book if you are really into economics and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 3/22/2012

    " An economic history book that provides great insights into the current world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shane | 8/9/2011

    " Interesting ideas about what made/makes the economy of individuals and nations grow. "

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