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Aid and Other Dirty Business: How Good Intentions Have Failed the World's Poor - Giles Bolton

As someone who aspires to a career in international development, I found this to be a most helpful book. It explored the, sometimes harsh, realities of working in aid, and the many challenges faced in this field. It could easily have been left as a completely negative account but Bolton skillfully ends on an encouraging note, making it a balanced book. In this respect the title is a bit of a misrepresentation.