Summary: ''Compact and immensely readable . . . a tour de force. Prepare to be amazed.'' - John C. Bogle, Founder and Former CEO, The Vanguard Group ''Vital-a cogent, timely journey through the economic history of the modern world.'' -Publishers Weekly InThe Birth of Plenty, William Bernstein, the bestselling author of The Four Pillars of Investing, presents his provocative, highly acclaimed theory of why prosperity has been the engine of civilization for the last ...show more200 years. This is a fascinating, irresistibly written ''big-picture'' work that highlights and explains the impact of four elements that when occurring simultaneously, are the fundamental building blocks for human progress:
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