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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
... will die of hunger and exposure on the journey. It is no exaggeration to compare Mugabe’s attitude to the urban poor who voted against him to that of the Hutu warlords who talked of exterminating the Tutsi ‘cockroaches’. No word of criticism has come from Thabo Mbeki’s South Africa, though these forced removals are worse than anything seen un...

That Disturbing Devil

Ferdinand Mount: Land Ownership

7 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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... often dodged than the space we occupy on the surface of the earth. Land ownership – its many modes, its distribution, its history – is the great ignored in politics today, gingerly taken up if at all and quickly put down again in favour of more fashionable topics: capitalism, urbanisation, ...

Diary

Sean Wilsey: Going Slow

17 July 2008
... Chevy Apache 10 pick-up truck, at 45 mph, from far west Texas to New York City: 2364 miles through desert, suburbs, forests, lake-spattered plains, mountains, farmland, more suburbs and the Holland Tunnel. I got to know both of my travelling companions during a brief period living in the town of Marfa, Texas, which is also where I found the truck, parked in ...

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