Why Nations Fail
The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Crown, $30, 544 pp.
Helping the poor in the developing world has long been a central concern of Catholics. Catholic schools collect money for the missions; parishes sponsor sister communities in poor countries; organizations like Catholic Relief Services work on ground-level projects while advocating for increased foreign aid from governments. Supporting international charities and assisting efforts in developing countries are presented in homilies both as an ethical obligation and a...
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