CSEP 590B Book Review Assignment
During the quarter you will be asked to read and write a review on two
books related to development and the themes from the course. A book
review is both a description of the topic of the book but also a
critical analysis of its content. You should state the topic of the
book but also provide a personal response. Consider the following
structure for a book review.
Due date: April 30 and June 4
- What is the theme or thesis of the book?
- What are the main arguments the author states in the book?
- What are your responses or reactions to the arguments: do you find them compelling, contradictory, well thought out, problematic? What do you agree or disagree with?
- How does the book's topic or content relate to the course themes?
- What role computing technology would play in addressing issues raised by the book?
Length: 2000 words (About 4 pages single spaced)
Assessment: You will be assessed on clarity of concepts, completeness, thoughtfulness of your response and your ability to link the book content to course themes.
Select two books from the following list, and write reviews which
discuss how the subject of the book relates the topic of the course.
Book reviews should be about 2000 words in length. Due dates for the
book reports are April 30 and June 4 (but you are encouraged to
complete and submit them earlier).
Substitutions are permitted with approval of the instructor.
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly
The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics by William Easterly
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce
The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith
Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues by Paul Farmer
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of
Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail by Paul Polak
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
- Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World
Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through
Profits by C. K. Prahalad
- Designing an Architecture for Delivering Mobile Information
Services to the Rural Developing World by
Parikh, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington, 2007
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