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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can be done About It
Published by Oxford University Press
In The Bottom Billion, Collier sees 980 million people around the globe living in “trapped countries clearly heading towards a black hole.” Many of these people are in Africa, but there are large pockets of severe poverty in such places as Bolivia, Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti, Laos, North Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, and elsewhere. Collier asserts…
The other shortlisted books for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize were as follows: