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  • A highly original approach to understanding what really makes economies tick. Both insightful and accessible to non-economists.

    Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England
  • Davies visits economies pushed to the limit and examines what their response teaches us about resilience in the face of climate change, demographic shifts and state failure.

    Financial Times
  • An exploration of the lessons to be drawn from disaster-stricken economies and imperilled (but innovative) people, which ranges from the jungles of Panama to post-tsunami Indonesia to the prison system of Louisiana and Syrian refugee camps.

    The Economist - Books of the Year 2019
  • We learn most about ourselves at times of extreme stress and challenge. Using nine compelling country case studies, Richard Davies brilliantly demonstrates that the same is true of our economic systems. In its approach and insights, Extreme Economies is a revelation - and a must-read.

    Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England

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