The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. By Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway. 2013. 400pp. (List price $30.00 Print | $23.99 Kindle | $19.98 Audio)
|5 out of 5 stars|
Content-wise, this book covers a host of issues affecting poverty and wealth at the national level—economic systems, politics, laws, cultural values, etc. The authors make a strong case for free market systems, but also emphasize the importance of government provision for defense, justice, and freedom, so they are not promoting a “market knows best” libertarian worldview that believes there is no or little role for government in society. In a book this size on this topic, there are plenty of opportunities for disagreement over this or that point, but that shows the comprehensive nature of the work and its value as a teaching tool.
The audio version of this book is well narrated by Ray Porter, who has narrated other works that I’ve enjoyed (The Chiveis Trilogy, Bloodlines). Unfortunately, the audio format eliminates footnotes and other bibliographic information that is most useful to students, but it is still an enjoyable listening experience, especially when the authors point to historical examples and cultural values. I’d definitely recommend it as an introductory resource on economics, but if you’re looking for something on poverty at a micro level, When Helping Hurts is also a good resource.
I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of providing a review. The opinions expressed are my own.