The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S.
Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and
hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic
success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer, as Landes
definitively illustrates, is a complex interplay of cultural mores and
historical circumstance. Rich with anecdotal evidence, piercing analysis, and a
truly astonishing range of erudition, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is a
"picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight" (Kenneth Arrow) as
well as one of the most audaciously ambitious works of history in decades.