Reading List for International Development Check out this blog for an excellent list of good reads related to International Development.
My addition to the list is The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto. His book changed the way I think about the world and helped me understand why things that work in the U.S. do not work in other countries. His book points to the extreme bureaucracy in many countries that leave many people waiting on paperwork rather than building capital. Buying a house, though it involves many steps in the U.S. can involve thousands of steps in another country. Rather than fight through the system, people live on land that has been passed down to them for generations without a legal deed to the land. This deed means nothing for their present life, but that same deed means capital and the ability to obtain loans for business start-ups and college educations for their children.