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The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity [Hardcover]

Jeffrey D Sachs
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2.0 out of 5 stars Price of civilization April 9 2013
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I felt this book really jsut identified the problems created by capitalism, or the neoliberal agenda, and then proceeded to suggest solutions that have as their foundation capitalism or the neoliberal agenda.

Also I found many of the examples of "success" to be problematic. I worked in bolivia just after Sachs had been there. I studied Poland's economic "miricle" and several other areas. The analysis in the book compared to what I researched just didn't match.

It is interesting to see how "spin " can work though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Civilization June 28 2012
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This book explains the fiscal, political and overall problems with the state of the union in the simplest possible manner but it still is a bit daunting because of the numbers, charts and graphs.

You will not find these facts and proposals in the general media but these are facts and proposals that we need to know if we are to honestly address the problems of the USA.

The political process must become less adversarial and less controlled by special interest groups with a focus on solutions that meet the long term needs of the country. This includes increased taxes on the rich, reducing military expenditures, eliminating the annual deficits, improved education, an infrastructure program and a scientific approach to global warming.

This is an important book and the action plans should start soon while the national debt is still manageable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A hard read ... Feb. 24 2014
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You have to be persistent to make your way thru this book. It has good info, but very in-depth. I could only read a bit at a time and then needed time to digest what you've read.

Not a book for the casual reader, but good insight & data.
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