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Larsson takes the reader on a fast-paced, worldwide journey that extends from the slums of Rio to the brothels of Bangkok and shows what access to global markets means for those struggling to get ahead in the world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.89" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.73 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2001
Publisher Cato Institute
ISBN 1930865155 ISBN13 9781930865150
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More About Tomas Larsson
Tomas Larsson is a Swedish journalist now living in the United States.
Tomas Larsson currently resides in Ithaca, in the state of New York. Tomas Larsson was born in 1966.
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Sunny Side Up May 4, 2003
I had to read this book for a Business course. Larsson meanders through the chapters, dropping and picking up points like a stream-of-concience dictation. While his Pro-globalization points are good, he disregards the arguments against globalization as if they are irrelevant. The point of the book could be made in about half the pages, especially if Larsson would leave politial bashing out. If you want to explore the issues of globalization to make your own decision on whether you agree with it or not, choose something else, or supplement this book heavily. It's a little boring, but may be useful once you have the background on globalization. If you have a background in business, don't waste your time with this book. The arguments are based almost soley on Macro and Microeconomics 101 priciples. If you are looking for fuel to support your Free-Trade fire, this book will provide you with many supportive case studies. You have my blessing to read this book.
typical cato friendly misfirings, innocent people hit Oct 17, 2002
Check out the cato institutes site, much more interesting and cheaper. Then rememember who funds cato. Maybe if they'd just come out of the closet that their ideology and analysis is slanted by contributors it wouldn't be side. Check their contribution page, too. No cheapo's are allowed. The old truism rears it's ugly head: "He who calls the piper calls the tune." especially when it comes to politcal economy.
The world was more global prior to WWI than it is now. All industries have flourished and been rescued as a result of keynesian policies and government intervention. All the buzzwords flying around mean that labor and wages will be further destabilized and thrust downward, all in the name of returns on bonds and stock knockers, the part of the economy that receives the most welfare and protectionism. A stable, productive, and well-paid working class make for a strong economy. This one proposes slight variants on the current pyramid scheming. Should be called something along the lines of "health and happiness through starvation."
From 73 to 97 productivity went up some 37% while wages fell 14%. Fool's progress. This is the trend that people who thrive on this would like to see continue. If this is you then you'll like this book.
Good, but too much Asian-focused Sep 2, 2002
The book is a good read, however, there is too much focus and evidence on Asian countries. This may be due to the author's obvious familiarity with the region. However, this renders the evidence for his case rather skewed and less colourful. Also, the book gets off the track occasionally and loses its touch with the argument for globalization. Frankly, I am not sure whether I liked the book overall or not as I have a feeling that the arguments could have been put forward in less space. I wish it was written in a more succinct way.
The Race to the Top: The Real Story of Globalization Aug 27, 2002
This book certainly attempts to show the merits of free-trade against the alternatives of protectionism, mercantilism or colonialism. However, Larsson's book left many things unsaid. His analysis is too anecdotal, and if I were a anti free-trader (which I am not), then I could by the same token come out and give a multitude of horror stories that are seem to be the result of free trade.
Those of you who wish to buy a comprehensive defense of free trade, this book is not for you. This book is rather a good source of stories and vignettes that would be helpful in a bar argument with the big hairy white guy next to you. Instead, I suggest that you pick up Against the Dead Hand by Brink Lindsey; it is much more comprehensive and gives a concise and accurate history of the struggle to "race to the top."
Good, but could be more focused Feb 26, 2002
This book definitely has its heart and head in the right place, as it recounts the benefits of globalization. But it seems to ramble a little, without ever directly making the case that free trade, even unilateral free trade, always helps a country, with the country's general public benefitting more overall than special interests may be hurt. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a very good book, but it could be even better.