Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality, and an Uncertain World
Can one be both an ethical person and a banker? Stephen Green, an ordained priest and chairman of HSBC, thinks so. In Good Value, Green retraces the history of the global economy and its financial systems, from early government granaries in Alexandria to the Italian banks that flourished during the Renaissance, and argues that despite its recent lapses, the financial industry is more necessary than ever. Also necessary, however, are good business-people who look to their principles before their profit margins. By recognizing the precedence of moral and spiritual values over immediate profit, Green says, we have the opportunity to remake capitalism while also helping the less fortunate and finding meaning in our own lives. He backs up his ideas for a "new capitalism" with anecdotes about microfinance, green technology, and a number of remarkable individuals who have changed the world by using the lessons they've learned in the global bazaar. A timely, thoughtful, and contrarian analysis of the most pressing financial and moral questions we face, Good Value presents us with the heartening possibility that through good ethics comes good business, and through good business comes a richer, more rewarding world for us all.
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Review: Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain WorldUser Review - Greg Talbot - Goodreads
There are enough TS Eliot allusions than I ever care for in any book. But that boring poet aside, Green brings well known literary works (Goethe, Hesse) into his refletions all the time. There is ... Read full review
Review: Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain WorldUser Review - Munro - Goodreads
This was the first book that I read entirely in electronic format on my Kindle or various Kindle reader applications. I like the ease of use and versatility offered by such electronic books. Good ... Read full review
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