H o w t h e W e s t W a s L o s t

Fifty Years of Economic Folly – And The Stark Choices Ahead

Amid the hype of China’s rise to global power, the most important story of our generation is being pushed aside: how the West’s rapidly growing population of the unskilled, unemployed, and disaffected threatens the nation’s wealth and stature.

In How the West Was Lost, the New York Times bestselling author and economist Dambisa Moyo sheds light on how a host of shortsighted policy decisions have left the economic seesaw poised to tip away from the Western industrialized economies and toward the emerging world. Faced with this impending calamity, the West can choose either to remain open to the international economy or to close itself off, adopting protectionist policies that will give itself time and space to redress these pervasive structural problems.

Incisive and illuminating, How the West Was Lost not only exposes the policy myopia of the West that has led it onto a path of economic decline but also reveals the crucial—and radical—policy actions that must be taken to stem this tide.

How the West Was Lost Reviews

Hamish McRae

The Independent

“The sad saga of the recession gives legs to Dambisa Moyo’s provocatively-entitled book, for it goes to the heart of the great economic issue of our times: how swiftly will power shift over this century?”

Dominic Lawson

The Times

“This argument…can rarely have been made more concisely…Moyo is a very serious lady indeed.”

Paul Collier

The Observer

“Moyo’s diagnosis of the recent disasters in financial markets is succinct and sophisticated…I applaud her brave alarum against our economic and social complacency: her core concerns are sufficiently close to painful truths to warrant our attention.”


 “The book offers up a well-reasoned look at how the world’s most-advanced nations are squandering their economic lead — and how they might survive by fighting Chinese fire with fire….The book offers Western politicians a prescription for stopping the rot.”

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