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Informals of the world unite

Geoffrey Hawthorn, 9 November 1989

The Other Path: The Invisible Revolution in the Third World 
by Hernando deSoto, translated by June Abbott.
Tauris, 271 pp., £14.95, June 1989, 1 85043 144 2
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Cocaine: White Gold Rush in Peru 
by Edmundo Morales.
University of Arizona Press, 228 pp., £17.95, August 1989, 0 8165 1066 0
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A Concise Economic History of the World: From Paleolithic Times to the Present 
by Rondo Cameron.
Oxford, 437 pp., £30, July 1989, 0 19 504677 3
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... For an economic tract, Hernando deSoto’s book has had a remarkable success. It was first published in Lima, its subject, in 1986, but at once became a best-seller throughout Latin America. It is said to have been read with interest in China and the Soviet Union, and this summer de Soto was invited to Washington to discuss it with the American Treasury Secretary ...

Burning Blankets

R.W. Johnson: Robert Mugabe’s latest tidy-up, 7 July 2005

... The 1989 strategy had been dusted off: the MDC was said to be the agent not of P.W. Botha or F.W. de Klerk, but of Tony Blair. Mugabe controlled the rural masses not just by occasional terror but, above all, by the food supply. The peasantry knew that in times of famine, food and seeds were handed out to those with Zanu-PF cards; those without them ...

That Disturbing Devil

Ferdinand Mount: Land Ownership, 8 May 2014

Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership 
by Andro Linklater.
Bloomsbury, 482 pp., £20, January 2014, 978 1 4088 1574 8
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... there much reason to suppose that the work of land reform is yet done. Linklater does not mention Hernando deSoto and his 1986 bestseller, The Other Path, which proposed that the shanty-dwellers of his native Peru could be weaned away from the Maoist guerrillas of the Shining Path by being given proper legal rights ...

Diary

Sean Wilsey: Going Slow, 17 July 2008

... him to come in here,” but they said he wouldn’t. I asked his name and they told me “Estebán de Jesús” and I went outside and it was Don. If he’s back in the US now and using his own name he must have resolved his legal troubles. But I’ll tell you this . . . don’t let your friend build a house for Don Harris!’ We woke up the next morning in ...

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