Comment from Dr. Martin Samuels

I remember reading an “Economist” review of her first book, which seemed a bit unfairly harsh: It would be interesting to see in hindsight (now that the book is a few years old) how powerful it is for her message (even if it is a bit rehashed) to be coming from her, an African woman, rather than a Western white male. I suspect her messaging would be better received in Zambia than Paul Collier’s, but I wonder if there is any data to support that.

And she also wrote a recent op-ed in the NYTimes touching upon the subject of her new book:  Once again, it seems like she develops the counter-intuitive argument, although it also not without its critics: