Princeton University Press has gathered some pretty nifty endorsements for my forthcoming book, and I cannot resist gloating about them. (Frank--you know who you are--just skip this post...) Here are some extracts:
Robert M. Solow: “Maybe Tolstoy was right about happy and unhappy families, but the same rule of thumb does not apply to developing economies. The success stories are not all alike. There is no practical, universal formula for rapid economic growth. That is Dani Rodrik’s central argument, and he develops it forcefully and convincingly with many examples. Best of all, he insists that the need for policies tailored to local circumstances is exactly what basic economic theory suggests. He may not be right about every single thing, but I think he is right about that.”
George Akerlof: "One Economics, Many Recipes does for economic development what Julia Child did for French cooking. Julia Child taught would-be cooks how to be excellent chefs. Dani Rodrik teaches economists and policy planners how to construct successful, sustainable development programs. He teaches and preaches the subtle correct practice of development economics.”
Robert H. Wade: “Dani Rodrik is that rare beast, both fox and hedgehog: a first-rate economist who steeps himself in politics, technology, and history to come up with striking insights and overarching principles for generating economic growth. Scholars and ordinary readers alike will be swept along by the current of Rodrik’s good-natured erudition. One Economics, Many Recipes is a landmark in post-Washington Consensus thinking.
Robert J. Shiller: “Dani Rodrik’s One Economics, Many Recipes is a deep and important book about the relative success of nations. It considers the substance of economic policies over their superficial form. Highly successful countries have leaders who respect economic principles but keenly observe how their country differs from others and are flexible and creative in applying these principles to their own circumstances."
Paris Hilton: "One Economics, Many Recipes is a fascinating read. It is the perfect book to keep me in touch with the real world during my stay at the L.A. county jail. I cannot imagine doing without it."
OK, I made the last one up, but you get the idea. And no, I will not offer any rewards for pre-ordering the book on Amazon.