With a successful (and scandal-free) track record of four decades, Martin Kuscus proved himself one of a rare breed of credible public sector leaders who shaped the South African democratic landscape for the better. His memoir calls on emerging leaders to redefine the game of power, and live with admirable character in a world dominated by self-serving compromise.
Offering a broad historical perspective, this compelling read brings clarity (and activates a new awareness) as to how the interplay between economic and political institutions create either poverty, or widely-shared wealth.
The Prosperity Paradox reveals why so many investments in economic development fail to generate sustainable prosperity, and offer a disruptive solution for bringing about lasting positive change. “What if we considered this problem through a different lens? What if, instead of trying to fix the visible signs of poverty, we focused instead on creating lasting prosperity? This may require a counterintuitive approach to economic development, but one that will cause you to see opportunities where you might least expect them.”
Written by two veteran journalists, this is a mature overview of South Africa's current political and cultural complexities, traced back to the historical factors that have shaped – and continue to shape – the country.
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