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Winner Take All: China's Race For Resources and What It Means For Us

Winner Take All: China's Race For Resources and What It Means For Us [Kindle Edition]

Dambisa Moyo
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If Moyo's calculations are correct, we are in big trouble - which makes the central premise of her book all the more arresting...It's not hard to see why Moyo is such a hit as a public intellectual (Decca Aitkenhead Guardian)

Written to clarify important global questions, this book deserves a wide audience (Kirkus Reviews)

With Winner Take All, Dambisa Moyo offers a timely and provocative answer to two crucial questions: How are China's leaders rushing to meet their country's exploding demand for energy, and what does this mean for the rest of us? It's a recipe for conflict-and at a crucial moment for the future of the global economy (Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and author of 'The End of the Free Market')

For anyone longing to make sense of tectonic, eco-political shifts occurring in the commodities market, Winner Takes All is a fascinating and important book. By focusing her razor-sharp mind on China's central role in the new commodities rush, Moyo sheds light on and makes sense of a profound and dramatic moment in our history. Her book is a must-read (Peter Munk, Chairman and Founder, Barrick Gold Corporation)

[Praise for How The West Was Lost] Moyo is a very serious lady indeed (Dominic Lawson The Times)

Moyo's diagnosis of the recent disasters in financial markets is succinct and sophisticated...I applaud her brave alarum (Paul Collier The Observer)

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Our planet's resources are running out. The media bombards us with constant warnings of impending shortages of fossil fuels, minerals, arable land, and water and the political Armageddon that will result as insatiable global demand far outstrips supply. But how true is this picture?

In Winner Take All, Dambisa Moyo cuts through the misconceptions and noise surrounding resource scarcity with a penetrating analysis of what really is at stake. Examining the operations of commodity markets and the geopolitical shifts they have triggered, she reveals the hard facts behind the insatiable global demand for economic growth. In this race for global resources, China is way out in front.

China, Moyo reveals, has embarked on one of the greatest commodity rushes in history. Tracing its breathtaking quest for resources - from Africa to Latin America, North America to Europe - she examines the impact it is having on us all, and its profound implications for our future. What, Moyo asks, will be the financial and human effects of all this - and is large-scale resource conflict inevitable or avoidable?

Instead of another polemic, Winner Take All is a clear-eyed look at the realities we all need to face if we want a just, balanced and peaceful global economy for the 21st century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141971797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141971797
  • ASIN: B00866HABC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs.

She is the author of the New York Times Bestsellers "Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa", "How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices Ahead" and "Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World".

Ms. Moyo was named by Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World", and was named to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Forum. Her work regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

She completed a doctorate in Economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance at the American University in Washington D.C..

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4.0 out of 5 stars those who have eyes do not see 22 July 2012
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The West is way behind the curve if we take Moyo at her word. She's not so much upset with what China is doing (although perhaps she should be) but more upset that the West doesn't seem to be doing enough to keep the competition honest and fair. What is frightening is the ease with which China has moved into the developing world and made themselves indispensable partners in the rape of the earth. The West has been engaged in this rapacious behaviour for centuries but one would have thought the Chinese would be wiser and the developing world leaders more demanding. But, no. The bottom line still in the first part of the 21st century is greed and a 'me-first' attitude.

Filling in the details Moyo gives the reader more information to use in challenging their governments but I fear she is a voice crying in the wilderness. Would that more of us would truly hear her message and act upon it.

Great book but not easy reading. Didn't give it five stars because some sections are incredibly dry and difficult to read. If she had livened up these sections it would have been a bombshell of a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff, very informative read 12 Jan 2014
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After reading this book I feel a lot more informed about a topic which most are all to aware of:

That the worlds limited resources are only going to become scarcer as a population that consumes rises, with China being far ahead of the game in securing future rights to these stocks.

Although sometimes coming across a little bit as scare-mongering, the author is in my opinion just presenting the facts and reporting stories which the media are not reporting on a daily basis.

Recommended read for everyone who wants to increase their awareness on this topic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of numbers but lacks a frame of reference 30 April 2013
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Moyo is a very impressive writer on economics, Her passion for her subject and her commitment to her views are clear in her writing. This leads to problems in structure as the book flits from one example to another about how China is acquiring more and more resources. China needs these resources because of the enormous size of its internal markets. So while it looks like China is going to get everything and take-over the world this is actually a way of freeing capital from China and so it might not be such a terrible thing.

The reason why it looks so terrifying is the scale of the resources China is securing. When you talk about an entire mountain being bought for its copper reserves this seems enormous, but you only need to go to some of the heavily mined regions of Europe or South Africa to see that this is not such a large amount. If you see the scale of the extraction of tar sands in Canada this also dwarves the Chinese resource grabs. Taking oil reserves, China actually owns a very small percentage of total world reserves through its state oil companies compared to the national petroleum producing nations such as the Gulf States and Russia and this is why it has to secure preferential deals with nations such as Iran and Venezuela where US hegemony is less pervasive.

So some of the panic is exaggerated because we do not get to know what is a big number. Is a $1 billion a big number? Not if your budget is $100 billion. If the book had better frames of reference it would be easier to assess how big and how real the threat from China actually is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting but in places rather dry book 23 April 2013
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- The worlds resources are limited

- The worlds population is increasing and getting richer which is putting pressure on already dwindling resources

- China is trying to buy up as much of those resources that it can

- The result is that at some time in the future some very very bad things are going to happen.

Im not sure any of the above is news - we all know this is happening. Perhaps it just reinforces what alot of people in governments worldwide push to the back of their minds and hope will go away.

There is some padding out with regard to the present state of the worlds resources & I would have preferred more detail on the China aspect but overall it is a thought provoking & important read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Get out the placards! 18 April 2013
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I love China, always have, culturally that is but it has a darker history than they would like to acknowledge and China has consistently mis-treated the Chinese in the most dispicable ways. It has long been said that China has the capacity and military power to take over the world one day if they organised themselves and put their mind to it but did we see them doing it this way?? No. not really.

The author brings a good argument to the table but some of her views are little biased perhaps. China is a productive country it is also a very LARGE country and for these reasons they need resources, some of which their own land cannot yield so they are looking elsewhere and seem to have chosen Africa primarily because Africa is rich in resources of many kinds but Africa is also not able to fight back or protect what is theirs. China appear to be following in the footsteps of those European settlers before them only they have no qualms about how they go about taking what they want. What does this all mean for the rest of the world? Because it certainly won't stay in Africa. The effects will be much further reaching than that. Moyo puts forward very strong opinions and most of them are very interesting, though at times I felt it a bit of a rant. Perhaps because the topic was so close to her heart as to heighten her emotions but at least she is bringing to light something most of us either have no knowledge of or have not even really considered how it will impact us in the long term.

This is a valid book that needs reading if you want to understand our economic future where China plays a major part, but can seem a little biased at times, so you need to step back and form your own opinions too. Do not take everything she throws out as 'telling like it is' but it will certainly get you thinking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lucid moments
Moyo exposes and summarizes the resource challenges facing the world today with reference to China's growing hunger. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John de Ronde
4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced view of China's commodity colonisation
The thrust of this book is what China's buying up of hard commodity (things that need to be removed from underground) and soft commodity (agricultural products) resources around... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ian Shine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis
Dambisa Moyo is unusual as an economist in the 3rd world. She doesn't campaign for aid and she is a free marketeer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sally Wilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
An interesting, easy to read and a general eye opening account of a topic that most of us will be well aware of but far more informed about after reading this. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This series of books were informative and well written. They are easy to read and understand, with the subject matter being covered in great depth.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Graham L. Vine
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, well researched but a touch dry
The subject matter of the book is undoubtedly important and is something that will shape the world in this century without doubt. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark H
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The subject of this book is explained by its subtitle "China's Race for Resources and What it Means for Us". Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad rush for resources
As the author rightly states, the world's resources are finite, and fast running out. Without scaremongering she takes us through China's push and ever increasing demand for what... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at Chinese neo-colonialism in the 21st Century
A fascinating look behind the scenes of China's race for resources across the world. The strength of the Chinese economy, and the concomitant vast appetite for natural resources... Read more
Published 20 months ago by George Rodger
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