If you are interested in Africa, the World Bank has a free ebook here.
Africa - Yes Africa Can has studies that "Sheds Light on Policies behind Africa’s Development Successes".
The book shows how growth has usually been achieved by stabilizing government, reforming policies, and listening to the people.
I am writing a series of article on Africa for the Africa Star News. If you have suggestions on articles that you think might be interesting, please leave them in the comment section. I have wondered what role the exchange rate has in the direction of trade, Fair Trade Coffee, corruption, freedom, and logistics play in the development of a country.
This author believes that statistics in Africa are derived from poor metrics.