Category Archives: Book reviews

Review of ’23 Things’ (in French) in the magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur

There is a review of ’23 Things’ in the 8 November 2012 issue of the French magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur. You can read it here: 23 Things Le Nouvel Observateur review

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Review in Haaretz, Israel (in Hebrew)

http://www.haaretz.co.il/literature/prose/1.1630754

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Review in the Flagstaff Business News, Arizona, USA

According to Cambridge University Economist Ha-Joon Chang, a lot of accepted wisdom about the way the world works – economically speaking – is desperately in need of updating. Does anyone still think that free markets are free? Chang’s new book … Continue reading

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Review by the distinguished radical economist, Samir Amin

The author uses a totally different approach. He addresses himself to the wider public and not to economics students. Written in a form and style perfectly suited to his aim, the author singles out 23 widely held ideas about the … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Post

Korean-born and British-educated, Chang stands outside the ideological battles that now seem to engulf us. He is critical of “the free-market ideology that has ruled the world since the 1980s,” as he puts it, but he is evenhandedly so. “We … Continue reading

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Huffington Post review

Thus it is with great pleasure that I review Ha-Joon Chang’s new book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism. This is one of the toughest assaults on what passes for capitalism in the U.S. these days to come … Continue reading

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Michael Lind, Prospect

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AlterNet

Many books have tackled the great recession of 2008, the second worst economic crisis in history, after the depression. But I doubt there is one book, written in response to the current economic crisis, that is as fun or easy … Continue reading

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Time Magazine review

Chang’s goal is intellectual: he would trash the lessons of a generation of neoliberal economists. There is no such thing as a free market, he declares; “a market looks free only because we so unconditionally accept its underlying restrictions that … Continue reading

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Remapping Debate – review of “23 Things”

I wish the book “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism” had been available when I was a rookie; I would have been more alert to the hands-off-business catechism by which Americans are relentlessly indoctrinated. Like the conventional wisdom … Continue reading

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