The breadth and depth of Sen's thinking is astounding - there's a reason he got a Nobel. Impressive erudition conveyed eloquently.
Be warned: this book is dense. Those without a philosophy or economics background may struggle digesting some of the message; it is very esoteric. However, those willing to do so will certainly glean much from it irrespective of their background.
That said, the book itself is brilliant; an exposition of Sen's seminal capabilities approach.
I'm also biased. This is one of my favourite books and I study development. I've read it multiple times (though it is sufficiently dense that you can continue getting something out of it with each read) and bought the audiobook to supplement.
The book and author are world class.
It's not a light read, but it does systematically go through how to best think about development raising a number of questions that have since been pursued by many other scholars and practitioners.
I've read well over 1,000 books and this is in my top five alongside Sen's The Idea of Justice.
Farmer's knowledge of, and commitment to, Haiti is perhaps unparalleled by renowned authors.
An illustrative tour de force capturing the devastation, hope, and resilience of Haiti and Haitians.
Lacks the usual condescension, paternal aggrandizement and self-censorship usually associated with narrations of Haiti. An open and honest account of Haiti after the earthquake including triumphs and shortfalls.
For those familiar with Farmer's work, or with an interest in Haiti or poverty alleviation or social justice, this book is highly recommended.
Here's to hoping they turn "Infections and Inequalities" and "The Uses of Haiti" into audiobooks as well.
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