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February 14, 2011

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo explains How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead


Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome economist and bestselling author DAMBISA MOYO and she discusses America's economic future and her new book, How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead.

Amid the hype of China’s rise to global power, the most important story of our generation is being pushed aside: how America’s rapidly growing population of the unskilled, unemployed, and disaffected threatens the nation’s wealth and stature.

In How the West Was Lost, Dambisa Moyo sheds light on how a host of shortsighted policy decisions have left the economic seesaw poised to tip away from America and toward the emerging world. Faced with this impending calamity, the United States can choose either to remain open to the international economy or to close itself off, adopting protectionist policies that will give the country time and space to redress these pervasive structural problems.

About Author(s)

Dambisa Moyo worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years. Previously she worked for the World Bank as a consultant. Moyo completed a Ph.D. in economics at Oxford University and holds a master’s from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. She was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia.