"A provocative book
that will rile the development world.... A timely blast against the complacency
of those who think progress and prosperity can be detached from politics."
is simple: Before you offer a helping hand, look hard at the core beliefs that
brought you good fortune."
"There is something indomitable about William Easterly, and he has struck the development establishment where it is weakest: its appalling human rights record."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Easterly is one of the most consistently interesting and provocative thinkers on development."—Bloomberg View
"This powerful polemic against top-down aid projects convinces."—Times of London (UK)
"A passionate, if fitful, argument against the conventional approach to economic development."—Washington Post
"Easterly has written a book that grabs a reader's attention from the first sentence.... Highly recommended."—Choice
"The Tyranny of Experts is intellectual comfort food for people ... who are skeptical of the idea that the only things standing between us and a world free of poverty are insufficient funding and political will."—Cato Institute's Regulation
"Easterly delivers a scathing assault on the anti-poverty programs
associated with both the United Nations and its political and private sector
supporters.... A sharply written polemic intended to stir up debate about the
aims of global anti-poverty campaigns"
"Easterly's research may help start a dialog about identifying better methods for alleviating global poverty and should assist readers interested in humanitarian efforts who want to draw their own conclusions about how to aid the world's poor."—Library Journal