If [b:Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism|1032019|Bad Samaritans The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism|Ha-Joon Chang|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312041078s/1032019.jpg|1018297] is more for general readers, Kicking Away the Ladder
is directed towards more professional/academic audience. Highly organized and very clear + concise argument, it provides such a brief but meaningful overview of the history of development, and thus a perfect introduction for economists/policy makers. Ha-Joon Chang is also careful in presenting and interpreting data.
The scope of the book, however, does not allow deep analysis and does not argue about the validity/reliability of its methodology. But I think it does remind readers of a very useful tool often ignored in studying econ: history - such a vast amount of data and lessons should be more valued and learned from more often. Economics has been viewed too much in an abstract manner.