This is a thoughtful and insightful book. The author has lived and worked for many years in various '3rd world' countries that has given her an insight in the various systems of corruption in those countries - both how it works to enrich those in power - and the demands and pain it inflicts upon ordinary people who pay and pay but see no improvement in their lives.
The author has taken a fascinating approach and outlined current corrupt regimes around the world (think of the mafia as in control of the government and you won't be far wrong)and compared them to the 'mirrors' written for various princes all over the world for the last 1000 years. These guide for princes on what they should do if they want to stay in power give an illuminating view of how history in the case of corruption keeps repeating itself in society after society.
I think a lot of us vaguely understand how, for example, the sale of public assets to private corporations can lead sometimes to monopolies which then can extort the people who need to use the services down the track leaving little redress for the consumers to fight the corruption involved in many cases...but this is only a minor example of how whole governments can go from serving the people to looting a country for the gain of a few people in charge. This is a rather frightening, but nevertheless enlightening book to read and should be on the reading list for anybody interested in social justice or economics.
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (3 March 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393239462
- ISBN-13: 978-0393239461
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 526 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews