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How We Got into This Mess

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A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy (Princeton, 2016), by Joel Mokyr, of Northwestern University, is one of those obviously important books that nevertheless hasn’t received the reception it deserves, owing, perhaps, to its daunting erudition; more likely, to readers who thought they already knew the story of how the West grew rich. For instance, for well over a year, the book has sat on an office shelf at eye level across the desk here at EP’s world headquarters, along with three other books by Mokyr, and three closely-related volumes by Deirdre McCloskey (who has a new