Editorial Reviews

The Rise and Fall of Nations:

The Sunday Times – “The Rise and Fall of Nations: Ten Rules of Change in the Post-Crisis World by Ruchir Sharma”
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Financial Times – ‘The Rise and Fall of Nations: Ten Rules of Change in the Post-Crisis World’
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Economist – Book Review: The long road. Making sense of euphoria and despair about emerging markets
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Time Magazine – Book Review
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India Today – Why some nations grow and others don’t
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Breakout Nations:

CNN “GPS”,  Fareed Zakaria:
“This week’s Book of the Week is, “Breakout Nations” by Ruchir Sharma, one of the world’s leading emerging market investors. This is the best book on global economic trends I’ve read in a while.”

The Wall Street Journal:
Breakout Nations works best as a compilation of highly illuminating country vignettes—similar, say, to Michael Lewis’ “Boomerang” (2011)—rather than an overarching analysis. But this is hardly an affront. As with Mr. Lewis’ work on the European crisis, for sheer readability and insight on the various parts of the ongoing developing world drama, I dare say you won’t find a better choice.”

New York Times:
“Mr. Sharma’s intent is to help you find the best places around the world to invest, emphasizing that it will take some work on your part.”

The Financial Times:
“… it’s refreshing to read Break­out Nations, Ruchir Sharma’s book on the Bric countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China – and the rest of the developing world… his book offers a careful view that has little truck with forecasts of the relentless Bric-led rise of the emerging world.

“The author, Ruchir Sharma,  an emerging markets fund manager who draws on 20 years of experience traveling the globe, has produced a book that combines keen on-the-ground reporting and economic and investment analysis with lively, lucid prose.”

The Sunday Times:
“In Breakout Nations, he takes us on a fascinating gallop through the countries at the edges of the developed world. Not only does he challenge the accepted wisdom — that China and India will motor on, ad infinitum — but he comes up with some surprising candidates for the next decade’s economic stars.”

“This balanced, readable study of emerging markets shifts the focus away from China and India and shows how smaller countries such as Poland are well set for rapid growth.”

“Sharma’s wealth of knowledge as Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s head of emerging market equities and ample experience on the ground are strong foundations for his exploration of what makes economies break out, or break down. And his analysis offers the reader a set of original and actionable revelations about which countries may offer compelling investment prospects.”

The Independent:
“… this is a great road-map to the new and better-balanced world in which we will all live, and an encouraging one.”

NDTV, Prannoy Roy:
“It is really the focus of economic attention around the world. It is a whole new look at which economies are going to be winners and which are going to be losers.”

Times of India, S A Aiyar:
“There is no better book for country-by-country accounts of emerging markets (and riskier ones called frontier markets). Its strong point is the author’s reliance on grassroots experience in each country, avoiding statistical charts.”

Bloomberg Radio:
“It is basically an investors lonely planet guide to the world for the new century.”

The Straits Times, Singapore:
“The breadth of Breakout Nations is impressive: it covers all major—and most minor—emerging economies on the planet. More importantly, the analysis is nuanced, the arguments persuasive, the anecdotes revealing and the writing breezy.”

Kirkus Reviews:
“Confining his predictions to the near future, Sharma refreshingly comes across as that rare thing Harry Truman once sought: a “one-handed economist” willing to stake his reputation without resort to “on the other hand” equivocation.”

The Deal Magazine:
“It’s as handy an emerging-markets travel guide as one can hope to find… Sharma deftly takes readers on a quick tour of many of the world’s evolving economies while managing to avoid most of the usual, clichéd landmarks. In the process, Sharma upends a lot of conventional wisdom that needs upending.”

The Scotsman:
“This is a book of fascinating analyses which argues that the growth nations of the future will emerge from the margins of the world economy. It will tell you the price of a cocktail in Rio and bases one fruitful line of argument on the cost of a bedroom in the Four Seasons hotel chain around the world.”

“This is among the best books to understand the emerging world and its positive and negative aspects. Sharma matches the brilliance of Thomas L Friedman, author of the widely cited The World is Flat.”

South China Morning Post:
“After 20 years of slogging around the world’s developing countries, Sharma has no time for the catchy acronyms and neat growth theories peddled by investment bank salesmen over recent years. Breakout Nations… does, however, inject a much-needed dose of realism into emerging markets investment, after a long period of optimism that sometimes bordered on the euphoric.”

Indian Express:
“It provides an intelligent, sharply observed, often mordantly witty tour d’horzion of several emerging economies… The thumbnail sketches of countries are wonderfully done: they combine historical analysis, pop anthropology, entertaining observation, sharp economic analysis and a great eye out for conjunctures, telling sociological detail and plain good luck. These are the perfect few pages you want to read before you set out to visit the country, a Fodor’s guide to recent economic history. The book’s greatest strength is its refreshing antidote against herd behaviour and hype.”

Hindustan Times:
“It’s not easy to define a financial book as breezy. But after Peter Lynch (One Up on Wall Street) and Michael Lewis (The Big Short) if there’s a new writer on the economic block who can carry off this label, Ruchir Sharma it is.”

India Today
“At the core of this impressive book is the counter-intuitive argument that the boom of the mid-2000s was a blip in the long historical trend for emerging economies and that the next decade may be one of decelerating. In Sharma’s view, the much-hyped decline of the West and emergence of the rest may take a lot longer than optimists would like to believe.”

“Ruchir Sharma’s Breakout Nations is … part economic observations, part insightful reporting—all put across with great lucidity… If you are interested in knowing what leads to economic growth, and what tomake of the global economic picture today, this is the book to read.”

The Telegraph, India:
“Fear not that you will be submerged in economic data or jargon. Sharma uses easy prose on this journey, pointing out the road signs as he progresses. This is truly a book of our time.”