Believing that an entrepreneur's smile is "a better leading indicator of economic prospects" than gloomy economic statistics, Mr. Gilder tells in a vivid and interesting manner the stories of people who have been successful in a variety of fields, from fried potatoes to electronic chips. Most have been mavericks; some have made mistakes. Their enemies abound in government, big business, banking and the conventional wisdom. The reader is left with a question: If "a key principle of contrarian entrepreneurship" is that "the crowd is always wrong," can this kind of wealth creation sustain the world?
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