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Searchers, not Planners

Joe Perkins: Globalisation, 7 June 2007

Making Globalisation Work: The Next Steps to Global Justice 
by Joseph Stiglitz.
Allen Lane, 358 pp., £20, September 2006, 0 7139 9909 8
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The Next Great Globalisation: How Disadvantaged Nations Can Harness Their Financial Systems to Get Rich 
by Frederic Mishkin.
Princeton, 310 pp., £17.95, October 2006, 0 691 12154 0
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The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good 
by William Easterly.
Oxford, 380 pp., £16.99, September 2006, 0 19 921082 9
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... and development go in for grand plans and sweeping reforms. In The White Man’s Burden, William Easterly, for 16 years an economist at the World Bank, extols the virtues of thinking small when trying to help the poor. He argues that the urge to plan a country’s path to prosperity, without carefully considering the needs of those for whom ...

‘Look, look, what ails the ship, she is upsetting’

Peter Nichols: The ship ‘Essex’, 8 March 2001

The Loss of the Ship ‘Essex’, Sunk by a Whale 
by Thomas Nickerson and Owen Chase, edited by Nathaniel Philbrick and Thomas Philbrick et al.
Penguin, 231 pp., £7.99, June 2000, 0 14 043796 7
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... 1841, the whaling ship Acushnet, newly built at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, fell in with the whaler William Wirt, of Nantucket, near the Pacific island of Juan Fernández (Alexander Selkirk’s lonely home during the years 1704-9), off the coast of Chile. One of the Acushnet’s fo’c’sle crew was the young Herman Melville. The two ships hove to for a few ...

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