What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond | The New York Review of Books
A fascinating debate about an important topic in history, Why/how do institutions matter? What is the role of geography, and other factors. There is a response by Acemoglu and Robinson and counter response by Diamond in a more recent issue of NRB. I think that Acemoglu and Robinson have had the better of the argument. This reminds me that I have to read their book!