About the book
Why do some nations prosper while others do not? Combining the economic theories of Smith, Friedrich von Hayek and contemporary scholarship, this author believes he has the answer.
“Ralph Bayrer’s new book is a timely reaffirmation of freedom's central role in the creation of American prosperity and the most celebrated advances of western civilization. Relying on thorough scholarship and clarity of argument, Bayrer makes the compelling case that mankind's progress in the last millennium rests on a narrow foundation of freedom, a lesson people forget at their peril.”
–John McCain, US Senator
“This book is a compelling, new perspective on economic, political and cultural history, which can be expected to make a contribution to both academic and popular understanding. But its most important contribution will be in helping guide current governmental decisions away from avoidable errors.”
–Phillip Scribner, Associate Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, American University
“The general reader may be drawn to the work because of the light it sheds on the origins of the key pillars of modern life–liberty, free markets, and scientific thinking. The attraction of the work is considerably enhanced by its relevance to the stress our economic system is currently experiencing in one of the recurring downturns that invariably evoke fundamental questioning of our socio-economic order.”
–Douglas Seay, House Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. Congress