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Paul Collier is a professor of economics at Oxford University. The author of Wars, Guns and Votes- Democracy in Dangerous Places and The Bottom Billion, which won the 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize for the world's best book on international affairs, he has lectured widely on the subjects of economics and international relations. Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and a former director of Development Research at the World Bank. In addition to the award-winning The Bottom Billion, he is the author of Wars, Guns, and Votes- Democracy in Dangerous Places.
A path-breaking book -- George Soros Paul Collier has written with great insight about the prospects of the bottom billion. In The Plundered Planet, he addresses himself to the complex opportunities, challenges and risks in managing the planet's natural resources. The bottom billion have a huge stake and an important role in the outcomes. Collier helps us see these issues through their eyes -- Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Read this book -- Sir Nicholas Stern, author of The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change Original, important and always thought-provoking. I learned a lot -- Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life Collier's arguments are compassionate and convincing, and his straightforward explanations of economic principles are leavened with humor and impressively accessible * Publishers Weekly * Paul Collier must be read if one is to begin to understand the most vital contemporary arguments. -- Bob Geldof Collier and his team have researched the detail ... If you want to help the world, stem your bleeding heart and tell your broker to switch your funds to Emerging Markets (Africa) * Sunday Telegraph *