“Read this brilliant, highly readable, inspiring book before the woke cancel culture hears about it! The astonishing tales told here about the miraculous transformation of two seemingly disparate nations —Poland and Vietnam— from socialist sinkholes of misery into vibrant, prosperous, opportunity-rich economies resoundingly reaffirm the truth of the positive, inclusive power of free markets. This book couldn’t be more timely in today’s troubled world.”
Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes

“Many great libertarian thinkers were economists or philosophers. Zitelmann is a historian and sociologist. He does not argue theoretically, but empirically. In his book, he shows that development aid and redistribution do not eliminate poverty, but private property, entrepreneurship, and capitalism do.”
John Mackey, co-founder, Whole Foods Markets

“Imparting surprises on every page, even for sophisticated theorists of capitalism, Zitelmann’s book makes a major new contribution to the wealth of nations.”
George Gilder, author of Wealth and Poverty

“Rainer Zitelmann has been one of the most prolific and effective defenders of free enterprise for many years. In his new book, Zitelmann details the political and economic reforms that turned once poor and stagnating communist basket cases of Vietnam and Poland into fast-growing economies whose people enjoy much improved standards of living. It should be read by would-be reformers everywhere.”
Marian Tupy, senior fellow, the Cato Institute, and founder of



Rainer Zitelmann is a historian, sociologist and multiple bestselling author, whose books include Hitler’s National Socialism, The Power of Capitalism and In Defense of Capitalism. He published 28 books. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages. In recent years, he has written articles and been the subject of interviews in leading media such as Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Forbes, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Le Monde, Corriere della Sera, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and numerous media in Latin America and Asia.