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Review: The White Man’s Burden

Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN
Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good
William Easterly
448 pages (New York: Penguin Press, 2006)

I should admit that, before turning even one page of William Easterly’s book, I was predisposed to like it. After all, this is the man who has said publicly that if he were to inherit $1 billion, he would, among other things, “give it to the university in Burundi and the university in Ghana and all the other people around the world...


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