Oxford Martin School Director, Ian Goldin’s latest book ‘Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future’ has been voted one of the best books of 2011 by The Economist.
In their annual listing of ‘Page-Turners’ for 2011, published on December 10, The Economist voted ‘Exceptional People’ one of the top seven books in their politics and current affairs category.
The book examines the fact that throughout history, migrants have fuelled the engine of human progress. Their movement has sparked innovation, spread ideas, relieved poverty, and laid the foundations for a global economy. In a world more interconnected than ever before, the number of people with the means and motivation to migrate will only increase. ‘Exceptional People’ looks at the profound advantages that such dynamics will have for countries and migrants the world over. Challenging the received wisdom that a dramatic growth in migration is undesirable, the book proposes new approaches for governance that will embrace this international mobility.
Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton University Press, 2011) was written by Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron, and Meera Balarajan
Other books selected in the same category were:
- Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China. By Jianying Zha. The New Press; 240 pages; $24.95 and £18.99
- Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa. By Jason Stearns. PublicAffairs; 400 pages; $28.99 and £18.99
- Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign. By Sherard Cowper-Coles. Harper Press; 352 pages; £25
- The 9/11 Wars. By Jason Burke. Penguin Global; 709 pages; $20. Allen Lane; £30
- Pakistan: A Hard Country. By Anatol Lieven. PublicAffairs; 558 pages; $35. Allen Lane; £30
Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise. By Carl Walter and Fraser Howie. Wiley; 250 pages; $29.95 and £19.99