The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time

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Penguin, 2006 - Social Science - 397 pages
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Jeffrey D. Sachs has been cited by The New York Times Magazine as “probably the most important economist in the world” and by Time as “the world's best-known economist.” He has advised an extraordinary range of world leaders and international institutions on the full range of issues related to creating economic success and reducing the world's poverty and misery. Now, at last, he draws on his entire twenty-five-year body of experience to offer a thrilling and inspiring big-picture vision of the keys to economic success in the world today and the steps that are necessary to achieve prosperity for all.

Marrying vivid eyewitness storytelling to his laserlike analysis, Jeffrey Sachs sets the stage by drawing a vivid conceptual map of the world economy and the different categories into which countries fall. Then, in a tour de force of elegance and compression, he explains why, over the past two hundred years, wealth has diverged across the planet in the manner that it has and why the poorest nations have been so markedly unable to escape the cruel vortex of poverty. The groundwork laid, he explains his methods for arriving, like a clinical internist, at a holistic diagnosis of a country's situation and the options it faces. Rather than deliver a worldview to readers from on high, Sachs leads them along the learning path he himself followed, telling the remarkable stories of his own work in Bolivia, Poland, Russia, India, China, and Africa as a way to bring readers to a broad-based understanding of the array of issues countries can face and the way the issues interrelate. He concludes by drawing on everything he has learned to offer an integrated set of solutions to the interwoven economic, political, environmental, and social problems that most frequently hold societies back. In the end, he leaves readers with an understanding, not of how daunting the world's problems are, but how solvable they are—and why making the effort is a matter both of moral obligation and strategic self-interest. A work of profound moral and intellectual vision that grows out of unprecedented real-world experience, The End of Poverty is a road map to a safer, more prosperous future for the world.
 

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Sachs has a few good, very basic ideas. Mostly what I got from this book was that he agrees with me that paying so little (~0.2% of our GNP) in foreign aid, and tying it to so many requirements and ... Read full review

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User Review  - dele2451 - LibraryThing

US economist proposes specific spending plans to lift the world's poorest 20% out of extreme poverty in 10 years while simultaneously improving US national security. Read full review

Contents

One A GLOBAL FAMILY PORTRAIT
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Two T H E S P READ
26
Three W H Y S O M E COUNTRIES
51
Seven R E A PING T H E W H IRLW IND
131
H IN A
148
Ten T H E V O I C E L E S S D Y IN G
188
Twelve ONT H E G R O U ND SOLUTIONS
226
Thirteen MA KING THE INVEST MENTS
244
Fourteen A G L O B A L C O M PACT
266
Fifteen CAN THE RICH A FF O R D
288
Seven teen W H Y W E SHOULD DO IT
329
Eighteen o UR GENERATIONS CHAL LENGE
347
Works Cited
369
Notes
377
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Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the United Nations Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also President and Cofounder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

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