The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
A renowned economist's classic book on capitalism in the developing world, showing how property rights are the key to overcoming poverty
"The hour of capitalism's greatest triumph," writes Hernando de Soto, "is, in the eyes of four-fifths of humanity, its hour of crisis." In The Mystery of Capital, the world-famous Peruvian economist takes up one of the most pressing questions the world faces today: Why do some countries succeed at capitalism while others fail?
In strong opposition to the popular view that success is determined by cultural differences, de Soto finds that it actually has everything to do with the legal structure of property and property rights. Every developed nation in the world at one time went through the transformation from predominantly extralegal property arrangements, such as squatting on large estates, to a formal, unified legal property system. In the West we've forgotten that creating this system is what allowed people everywhere to leverage property into wealth. This persuasive book revolutionized our understanding of capital and points the way to a major transformation of the world economy.
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—Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations “De Soto's powerful and immensely readable book is a very great weapon in the armory of ...
—Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom “A very great book. . . . Powerful and completely convincing. It will have a most salutary ...
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Even in the United States, however, the foreboding cannot be completely stifled. Americans see Colombia poised on the brink of a major civil war between ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Indrit - LibraryThing
I have had the privilege of meeting the Hernando de Soto back in 2006 while attending training at his Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima. I can count among those who have also implemented in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ShadowBarbara - LibraryThing
Excellent overview of how we use property to create capital and how most of the world does not have a system for documenting ownership. Most people live in an extralegal system. Has recommendations for changing the systems so that real capitalism can work. Read full review
C H A P T E R T H R E E The Mystery of Capital
C H A P T E R F O U R The Mystery of Political Awareness
C HAP T E R F I V E The Missing Lessons of US History
C H A P T E R S I X The Mystery of Legal Failure
C HAP T E R S EV E N By Way of Conclusion