The End of Poverty: How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime Paperback – 7 Apr 2005
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Book and man are brilliant, passionate, optimistic and impatient... Outstanding. ("The Economist") If there is any one work to put extreme poverty back onto the global agenda, this is it. ("Publishers Weekly", starred review) Paul Wolfowitz should read Jeffrey Sachs's compelling new book. (Fareed Zakaria, "Newsweek")
"Book and man are brilliant, passionate, optimistic and impatient... Outstanding." The Economist
"If there is any one work to put extreme poverty back onto the global agenda, this is it." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Paul Wolfowitz should read Jeffrey Sachs s compelling new book." Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek
Professor Sachs has provided a compelling blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty from the world by 2025. Sachs s analysis and proposals are suffused with all the practical experience of his twenty years in the field working in dozens of countries across the globe to foster economic development and well-being. George Soros, financier and philanthropist
"Sachs proposes a many-pronged, needs-based attack...that is eminently practical and minimally pipe-dreamy...A solid, reasonable argument in which the dismal science offers a brightening prospect for the world's poor." Kirkus
"This is an excellent, understandable book on a critical topic and should be required reading for students and participants in public policy as well as those who doubt the problem of world poverty can be solved." Mary Whaley, Booklist
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About the Author
Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University as well as Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. He is internationally renowned for his work as economic advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa.
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The concept I liked most in this book was how Sachs used a `clinical diagnosis' of economic difficulties that countries faced which took into account geography, politics and health. This also highlighted the importance of individual countries developing their own policies for development, and not having a one size fits all policy forced upon them from the World Bank or IMF. I think this is a conclusion that most people who work within the World Bank soon realise, but often too late.
I was less impressed with the second half of the book which aimed to describe how to end poverty. The answer was to increase funding from developing countries, written in detail for too many pages. Although this may be beneficial, I expected more innovation and creativity by a World Renowned Economic Professor. After finishing the book, I felt he had wasted his time writing the second half. This perhaps demonstrates that there are no quick fixes to problems as complex as poverty but surely one of the most influential people in the world could have come up with a better idea than simply giving more money? I won't be recommending this book to anyone.
It also highlights the bad decisions and policies followed by the 'western leaders' and his hypothesis that even 'current backlash against the west' could have been dealt with far more effectively, if a concerted effort had been made to eradicate poverty.
A compelling, powerful and moving account, together with a blueprint for the future.
Future leaders, such as Imran Khan (Pakistan), would be well placed to read this book as Jeffrey Sachs needs to be on any team serious about changing the plight of it's people.
The author cites the evolution of wealth in parallel to the evolution of technology and industrialization with the resulting urbanization.
It all started in mid-eighteenth hundred century that is around 1750 with the invention of steam and its application in the textile industry and the steam boats. Then around 1850 the rapid mobility of people, merchandise and information with the invention of rail trains and telegraph. And around the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth of the internal combustion engine and electricity and the exploitation of fossil fuels as a source of energy. Also he attributes credit to German Chemistry for the techniques of extracting nitrogen from the atmosphere to make fertilizers and thereby increase crop yields.
The rest of the book is stimulating and articulates the thesis of the author that with International Aid, extreme poverty which he defines as people earning one dollar or less per day and now afflicting 1.Read more ›
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As good as you get, book excellent and delivery speedy. Great service.Published 9 months ago by David Cooke
I recommend the bottom billion by Paul Collier - it is much better. I read it before reading this one and just felt like I was being told the same thing again but in a less concise... Read morePublished on 1 July 2014 by your dad
nice book for my studies... since it is for my studies, I am of course satisfy...But one should read it because it explain how to fight against poverty in the modern world.Published on 30 May 2013 by Aleksandra Jensen
As advertised, speedy service & value for money. arrived on time, not much more to say about a book! thxPublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by m
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