The Coming Prosperity—Reviews and Media


How the World Gets Ahead,” Matthew Rees, The Wall Street Journal

The Coming Prosperity is filled with vivid profiles of men and women who have succeeded under harsh conditions…But The Coming Prosperity is more than a series of case studies. Mr. Auerswald, an associate professor at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, digs down to show the many ways in which progress depends on creativity, not to mention persistence and luck.

Jack Covert Selects – The Coming Prosperity,”Jack Covert,

In the second section of the book, the human-scale part of the narrative, Auerswald brilliantly charts the economic subtext of the twentieth century, “the rise and partial fall of large scale, centralized production” that got us to where we are today, and explores the prospects for an ever-brighter future…You will see the genesis of people moving through economies being built, big ideas becoming simple reality, the sweeping arc of history in his writing.

Dr. Boom,” Dalibor Rohac, City Journal (4/3/2012)

From stories of entrepreneurs like Aziz and Venkataswamy, Philip Auerswald, an economist at George Mason University, builds a compelling narrative of economic optimism… Economic development isn’t only about access to drinking water, health care, and food, says Auerswald; it’s also about empowerment.

Book Review: The Coming Prosperity,” Rod Dubitsky, BRAC USA blog (4/3/2012)

Auerswald paints a picture of a world economic ecosystem driven not purely by greed, but desire to change, improve, and have a positive impact on the world around us. While this “coming prosperity” doesn’t preclude the profit motive, it will emanate from far more complicated factors.

3 Books Well Worth Reading,” Nilofer Merchant, Yes and Know

This is a book about how to think of the 3 billion people who will join the global economy in the next quarter century, as partners rather than competitors, as sources rather than sinks… It is a book written by a deep global thinker.

Nonfiction Review:  The Coming Prosperity,” Publishers Weekly (3/5/2012)

George Mason University public policy professor Auerswald brings with him a message of hope and prosperity about global economic growth, with a wealth of historical data, facts, and anecdotes to support it… With compelling writing, Auerswald offers an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

The Coming Prosperity,” Tyler Cowen, (1/3/2012)

The author is the highly intelligent Philip Auerswald and the subtitle is How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy.  I am less optimistic about the next ten years, but this is a very well-argued book.

Print Interviews

How the Rise of the Developing World Will Help Americans,” interview with Richard Florida, (March 22, 2012)

Where others see the U.S. economy being overtaken by China and falling victim to long-run decline and economic stagnation, Auerswald argues that the world as a whole is on the verge of a new period of unparalleled prosperity.

Video Interviews

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