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  • Avni Gulrajani

Unraveling the Mysteries of Nations

Updated: Nov 21, 2023



When I first picked up "Why Nations Fail," by Acemoglu and Robinson I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I know, it sounds heavy-duty, especially coming from someone who's still navigating the maze of high school. But bear with me!
Have you ever sat in history class and wondered why some nations are so wealthy while others are stuck in cycles of poverty? That's a question I've grappled with, and this book promises to delve into just that.

Acemoglu and Robinson don’t just throw a bunch of complex jargon at us. Instead, they take us on a captivating journey through the corridors of history, weaving tales of empires, revolutions, and the common people. Their main argument? It's the political and economic institutions, not just culture or geography, that make or break a nation. In simpler terms: nations with inclusive, empowering systems flourish, while those with restrictive systems falter.

The real gems in this book are the relatable examples. From the buzzing cities in the U.S. to the contrasting quietude in certain regions of Africa and Latin America, the narrative is rich, detailed, and, dare I say, quite engrossing!
"Why Nations Fail" isn’t your usual textbook read. It’s a fascinating blend of history, economics, and politics wrapped up in storytelling. Whether you're prepping for a debate, or just want a deep yet engaging read, this one’s gold! Happy reading, everyone!

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