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The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature Hardcover – 6 May 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition 2nd Impression edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846142237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846142239
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this path-breaking book, Paul Collier develops one of the most fascinating subjects he touched on in The Bottom Billion-- the resource curse. It will be of great interest to all those who are concerned about the future of our civilization (George Soros )

Paul Collier has written with great insight about the prospects of the bottom billion. In The Plundered Planet, he addresses himself to the complex opportunities, challenges and risks in managing the planet's natural resources. The bottom billion have a huge stake and an important role in the outcomes. Collier helps us see these issues through their eyes (Michael Spence, Winner Of The Nobel Prize In Economics )

Read this book (Sir Nicholas Stern, Author Of The Stern Review On The Economics Of Climate Change )

Original, important and always thought-provoking. I learned a lot (Tim Harford, Author Of The Undercover Economist And The Logic Of Life )

Collier's arguments are compassionate and convincing, and his straightforward explanations of economic principles are leavened with humor and impressively accessible (Publishers Weekly )

Paul Collier must be read if one is to begin to understand the complexity of the most vital contemporary arguments. In this book Collier takes up where he left off with hugely important Bottom Billion and proposes carefully thought through solutions to the big one - how are we going to make it? (Bob Geldof )

About the Author

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and a former director of Development Research at the World Bank. In addition to the award-winning The Bottom Billion, he is the author of Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.

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This book is truly though provoking, and shows Collier at his best in trying to figure out how to resolve the most urgent development problems totally out-of-the-box. Nevertheless, being bold comes at a price, and in my humble opinion he takes a quite naive position in at least a couple of issues, and for someone so rigorous in his academic endeavors, he is also guilty of a couple of acts of blind faith. Also, do not expect this book to be a follow-up of his bestseller The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. Even though the first part of the book deals with the "resource curse" only Chapter 3 revisits and updates the "trap" discussion first laid down in the Bottom Billion.

Although the book is formally organized in five parts, in terms of style, content, and even ease of reading, "The Plundered Planet" was written in three completely different moods or styles: the scholar, the philosopher, and the bold practitioner.

Parts I and II (Chapters 1 through 7) reflect Collier's rigorous analysis based on thorough research and recent findings, his usual academic style, but written with so much detail and rigor that sometimes it drives you crazy because he is repeating some info too much and constantly questioning his own assumptions. Here he goes step-by-step discovering how the poorest countries should manage their natural assets to find a way out of the bottom billion.
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It is difficult to find fault with Paul Collier's central thesis. I read his earlier book, 'The Bottom Billion, a few months ago and found it to be what I can best describe as a sobering read that resulted in much reflection on my part. It was this that prompted me to purchase his latest book as soon as it came out. What I particularly like about the argumentation in 'The Plundered Planet' is the way in which the middle ground is adopted. But the reason for this goes way beyond any notion of pragmatism or compromise. The author's reasoned approach is persuasive and, to be honest, makes good sense. None of the problems currently confronting us are ever going to be solved if the polemic stance of what are in effect polarised perspectives (i.e. let's call it, the dogma of capitalism versus the dogma of environmentalism) are allowed to influence the decisions we make now about the future of everyone on this planet.
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To be honest I think as many people as possible should read this book and become better informed about: the best ways to help the poorest people in the world; how nature's resources could & should be used for the good of the world; how to manage carbon emissions; and how to use democracy and public information to make all the previous points happen.

The economics in the book look sound & were convincing to me. He described all the issues accurately and interestingly. After the first couple of chapters I thought it was a darned good read too. Most of all I think he has found a middle way that all the peoples of the world could be happy with. It's nice to get some answers to the big problems of the world for a change.
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