Poor countries are poor because they are integrated into the global economic system on unequal terms: rigged trade deals, tax evasion, and land grabs. The Divide tracks the evolution of this system, which has allowed a handful of rich countries to effectively control economic policies in the rest of the world; and explains the need for a revolution in our way of thinking.

On Corruption in America

Corruption is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their objective: to maximize returns for network members. Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally [and] how they are overlooked and downplayed.