'This book is propelled by a brilliant intuition: by comparing two non-Western countries (Ghana and Thailand) with each other, instead of the usual and futile comparisons with Western models, the authors have uncovered some true secrets of the "wealth of nations" or lack of it. It helps that they know both countries so well.'
'Smart, witty and vivid, this engaging study of two very different societies navigating the rapids of development is an illuminating analysis and a joy to read.'
Ronald Steel, author of Walter Lippmann and the American Century and In Love with Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy
'Once in a while a work of scholarship comes along which is well researched, insightful and readable. This book by the Thompson father-and-son team is one such. It is highly recommended to all those interested in development, comparative politics and international affairs.'
M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Deputy Foreign Minister, Thailand
'A superb book that, by focusing narrowly on two countries which the authors have studied so thoroughly, offers considerable insight into the broader question of how countries grow and build political and civil society. A book for anyone interested in development and a must-read that is made only more compelling for the father-son team that wrote it.'
Andrew Cockburn, author of Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein