Title: Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy Author: Robert Neuwirth
Publisher: Pantheon (October 18, 2011) Price: $16.91
No. of pages: 304 pages
Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy is a well-written book based on ground realities related to the informal global economic sector. Robert Neuwirth’s investigative skills and experience help him explore the topic in detail while his communicative writing style captures the reader’s attention as he offers interesting hypothesis and presents solutions to deal with the menace of the informal economy.
Neuwirth makes the book compelling to read by adding comments of the entrepreneurs he met in Paraguay, China, Nigeria, South America, China, and Africa. Expert analyses by John Keith Hart, Roberto Unger, and Martha Alter Chen draws readers’ attention towards various angles of the informal economy. The author refrains from explaining the dark side of the economy but explores the basic human instinct of survival as the book takes account of entrepreneurs who follow corrupt practices such as bribery and smuggling but offer a living to tens of millions of people.
Do such practices pose a solution to global economic problems or an underground world of questionable practices - the writer leaves it for the reader to decide.