Rajiv Shah Shares Top 5 Development Books

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    What are some of the best books about development? U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah recently listed down his top five choices, which include a book on the economic history of the world and another on the invention of nitrogen fertilizer.

    Shah named his choices in an interview with “The Browser’s Five Books,” which features experts who list what they think are the best five books in their field. Here’s a rundown of the USAID administrator’s picks:

    - “A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World” by Gregory Clark.

    - “Millions Saved” by Ruth Levine and the What Works Working Group.

    - “The Alchemy of Air” by Thomas Hager.

    - “The Doubly Green Revolution” by Gordon Conway.

    - “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” by CK Prahalad.

    In the interview, Shah shared his thoughts about these books while also discussing how each one has affected his work at USAID.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.