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BOOK REVIEW | Mythbusting economic clichés from an African perspective

This new offering looks at the way economies develop, thumbing a nose at some conventional rationales

TJ Strijdom

A book on economic history. Gulp. Bound to be a remedy for insomnia, right?

Well, not this one. Prof Johan Fourie, an economic historian and lecturer at Stellenbosch University, hooks you from the get go with Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom — Lessons from 100,000 years of human history.

Fourie’s views will confound many, including those who believe the economy is all about winners and losers — like the board game Monopoly, where one player ends up amassing all the wealth and the rest do laps, passing Go and collecting R200, until they keel over...

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