Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

Gideon Rachman

As the friendly and not-so-friendly fire continues to pour down on me, following my article about economists, I am grateful for support from whatever source. But it’s particularly pleasing to get it from within the serried ranks of economists.

Phillippe Legrain, a former colleague and author of learned (and lively) books on trade and on the global economy, attempts to arbitrate in a friendly fashion between me and Tim Harford. Apparently we’re both right. Or possibly just talking at cross purposes.

Why should China’s communist rulers care about a modest book written in a language that most of their people cannot read that is not even for sale in the country? Apparently, they care very much. Soon after my book, ‘The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers’ was released in June, the Amazon page displaying the book was blocked by the Great Firewall in China.