Anyone who already enjoys Rodrik's Project Synicate column will find the collection of articles in this book quite insightful. While not getting into the nitty gritty of international economics and trade policy (as I had hoped for) the book compensated by digging into a plethora of fascinating topics, like development, inequality, politics and globalization. The ideas and concepts expressed in this book deserve attention from both sides of the political aisle. But while pointing out the problems and the symptoms, this book came up short on practical solutions.
Building upon his main ideas from "The Globalization Paradox", Rodrik presents the academic work himself and others have done in development, trade and political economy to support his arguments. I enjoyed the section which highlighted the unappreciated role ideology plays in political economy, in addition to self-interest (which receives much of the attention) as well as the distinction between liberal and "illiberal" democracy. The book is as much politics as it is economics. And like Rodrik's previous books, the writing was readable and engaging.
I would recommend this book to the interested layperson, poli sci and econ undergrads and the general public. However, professional economists may be underwhelmed if they are already familiar with Rodrik's work.