Gordon Brown, intellectual

Prospect Magazine has all the goods.

I liked this description of Brown’s meeting with Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter:

As Brown commented in detail on the ceramics industries of northern Italy and machine tool industries in Germany, it gradually dawned on me that he knew more about the book’s detail than the author. Porter was fine on the broad brush, but vague when the discussion turned to real examples. (The mystery was explained by the book’s acknowledgements, which mentioned some 50 researchers who had helped to write it.)

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