Thousands of Africans head to China each year to buy cell phones, auto parts, and other products that they will import to their home countries through a clandestine global back channel.
Hundreds of Paraguayan merchants smuggle computers, electronics, and clothing across the border to Brazil. Scores of laid-off San Franciscans, working without any licenses, use Twitter to sell home-cooked foods. Dozens of major multinationals sell products through unregistered kiosks and street vendors around the world. When we think of the informal economy, we tend to think of crime: prostitution, gun running, drug trafficking. Stealth of Nations opens up this underground realm, showing how the worldwide informal economy deals mostly in legal products and is, in fact, a ten-trillion-dollar industry, making it the second-largest economy in the world, after that of the United States.
"A vibrant picture of a growing sphere of trade that already employs half the workers of the world." (Kirkus)
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- Joshua Kim "mostly nonfiction listener"
A very eye opening book
I didn't know! I had no idea the global economy was so complex below the legal level and above the illicit branch of the black market.
Not really? There were some parts that went over my head but I don't really know how they could be changed without knowing a lot more about economics and culture.
Yes I would. He's preformance was great and I would not hesitate to listen to another one of his reads.
No. This was one of those books where I have to read/listen it in slices and put it away to digest the contents.
- William "On level 5 of Robot Hell"