The best thing he has ever written - Observer
'A very modern story about aimless lives and messy marriages' Paul Theroux
A timely, powerful and provocative study of the tensions between democracy and violence in the world's poorest countries, by one of the world's leading development economists.
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The world is in a mess. For more than a billion people, everyday life is played out against the backdrop of civil wars, military coups and failing economies. For them, the peaceful democracy taken for granted in the West seems an impossible pipe-dream. But solutions do exist - it is up to us to achieve them. Award-winning academic Paul Collier's vision for the future of the developing world is eye-opening, provocative and refreshingly unequivocal.
Very important ideas based on extremely thorough empirical research...put him in the same camp as real heavyweights such as the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz
Misha Glenny, Guardian
Before Barack Obama outlines his policies he should read this searching study of past failure
Collier knows Africa intimately... It is hard to be unmoved by his anger about the world's blindness to realities, and his passion to do things better
Max Hastings, Sunday Times
With its verve, wit and lateral thinking, this is a book that changes its readers' horizons
It is always a pleasure to discover Paul Collier's latest thoughts...always illuminating and grounded in rigorous social science...it's gripping stuff
Allister Heath, Literary Review
The author challenges a lot of lazy thinking about the trajectory that poor countries should take to improve their lot ... Mr Collier is thinking about these urgent and very difficult issues, something that not many people are willing to tackle head-on
Unlike many academics Collier comes up with very concrete proposals and some ingenious solutions.
Richard Beeston, The Times
Collier adopts an upbeat, indeed breezy style
Stephen Howe, Independent
Realpolitik at its best
His recent Book Wars, Guns and Votes, is all the more remarkable in that it is based on impeccable scholarship and statistical analysis but remains highly readable and accessible
Bruno Tertrais, Survival
furthering an understanding of the pragmatics of democracy's failures
Amreeta Mathai, The Oxonian Review
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Paul Collier is a professor of economics at Oxford University. The author of Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places and The Bottom Billion, which won the 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize for the world's ...