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Philippe Legrain
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6 May 2010
The financial crisis brought the world to the brink of economic breakdown. Now bankers' bonuses are back, house prices are rising again and politicians promise recovery while unemployment rises, frictions with China grow and the planet overheats. Is this really sustainable? In this incisive assessment of the post-crisis world, Philippe looks at what went wrong, and how the world's leaders and financial institutions can learn from their disastrous mistakes. Reporting first-hand from around the world, he explains how the world economy is being reshaped and what it means for jobs and our future prospects. He sets out the huge dangers ahead - and the opportunities to craft a fairer, safer, richer and greener world in this wide-ranging, brilliant and impassioned book.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; First Edition edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408702231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408702239
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Legrain has that rarest of qualities in these troubled times: he's an optimist. With meticulous reporting and interviews from Iceland to Australia, he sets out a blueprint for a new economic world order' --John Arlidge, Sunday Times

'Legrain has a gift for combining big numbers that offer a sense of the scale of the global build-up . . . This makes his book a particularly good survey of what made up the unpleasant cocktail which the world has yet to digest' --The Economist

'Legrain passes with flying colours . . . This is a book that is big in its breadth of content and vision and refreshingly hopeful about the possibility of harnessing globalisation to the betterment of all mankind' -- Irish Times, Book of the Day

'Legrain provides a timely and amusing account of how we were all effectively mugged by sharp-suited bankers with the connivance of politicians leading up to the virtual meltdown of the global financial system in 2008' --Herald

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* Where now for the world, in the wake of the global financial crisis? AFTERSHOCK is out now in paperback - with new material --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not complete 1 Jan 2011
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LeGrain details the key facets of the credit crunch, the mistakes big bank banks made and what the policies are needed so that the same mistakes are not repeated which could create an even worse crisis. The arguments are straight forward and difficult to disagree with. Banks can never be considered too big to fail; structured wind downs should be favoured instead of endless bailouts; and chief decisions makers in banks must be held accountable.

This book also contains a reflection on the global economy looking into the future. This centres around the evolution of the big emerging economies (Brazil, India, China), global issues (not only financial systems but other concerns such as climate change) and how esablished Western economies should act in a new world which doesn't de facto guarentee their hegemoney. He makes several simple but pertinent points. For example, Britan once built its empire around - amongst other things - Indian Tea. But, now it is an Indian company Tata tea Tea which has acquired Tetley Tea - the principle British tea company. The internet revolution may have begun in America but even a quick look at the big players: Google, Yahoo, eBay, YouTube, PayPal shows they were co-founded by people born outside the US. But, even though immigration can nurture innovation it can also nurture protectionism. LeGrain details cases where Australia was skeptical about Chinese interests in its natural resources. In some cases this protectionism may be justified by skepticism of the lack of democracy in China; in other cases it might just be xenophobia getting the better of people - it's not always so easy to say.
But either way, the point here is that we are now unequivocally globally interconnected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A roadmap to sanity. 14 Aug 2010
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Aftershock is a great work mingling economic data with perfectly placed anecdote and excellent broad brush analysis - all with a great folksy style. You don't have to be an economist to enjoy this but just an interest in a better clearer future. If you know any policymakers send them a copy of this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of common places about emerging economies 18 Aug 2013
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Nothing new apart from journalistic information we find everyday about the surge of new economic powers. Save the time and the money.
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