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The Third World Calamity
The Third World Calamity
By Brian May
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981, 274 pp

A European journalist's hard-hitting indictment of myths to which he feels the West, as well as the Third World itself, has fallen victim. Drawing on his knowledge of three key countries-Iran, India and Nigeria-he cites the cultural barriers and constraints that make Western technology, World Bank projects and Brandt Commission reports quite irrelevant; these are and will be "dead-end societies." The arguments are not novel and the author over-states his case, but the problem is undeniable-and probably insoluble in the terms in which it has been approached.