"Fascinating...the individual stories are mesmerizing...Beattie is a legendary economic journalist, whose analytical judgment is greater than most of his peers by an amount roughly equal to the income difference he reports between Botswana and Sierra Leone. [This] supremely entertaining and informative book is a great reminder that the details of success are often impossible to predict or prescribe." - Financial Times
As world trade editor of the Financial Times, Alan Beattie writes about economic globalization, trade, development, and aid. Before joining the Financial Times he was an economist at the Bank of England. He holds degrees in history and economics from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge respectively.