Against the Dead Hand
This is the book to read about globalization to understand its role and and relationship with economic progress. Brink Lindsey from the Cato Institute has written a thoughtful history of the demise of the central-planning mentality even while its' "dead hand" still exerts significant pressure on much of the world's economy. Both thorough in its historical detail and incisive in its analysis this book challenges those who claim that globalization is inevitable. The continuing specter of central planning as represented by the "dead hand" of the "counter-industrial revolution will only be vanquished with continued expansion of free trade and free enterprise wherever it is currently in abeyance.
Against the Dead Hand by Brink Lindsey, John Wiley & Sons, New York. 2002.