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"Provocative and intellectually suggestive...amply researched and presented with exemplary clarity, [it] is weighty indeed -- little less than a wake-up call to recognise our desperate need to rediscover some intelligible way of talking about humanity." -- Rowan Williams, Prospect
"Brilliant, easily readable, beautifully delivered and often funny...an indispensable book." -- David Aaronovitch, Times
"Entertaining and provocative." -- Diane Coyle, Independent
"Poring through Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel's new book...I found myself over and over again turning pages and saying, 'I had no idea.' I had no idea that in the year 2000...'a Russian rocket emblazoned with a giant Pizza Hut logo carried advertising into outer space,' or that in 2001, the British novelist Fay Weldon wrote a book commissioned by the jewelry company Bulgari...I knew that stadiums are now named for corporations, but had no idea that now 'even sliding into home is a corporate-sponsored event'...I had no idea that in 2001 an elementary school in New Jersey became America's first public school 'to sell naming rights to a corporate sponsor.'" -- Thomas Friedman, New York Times
"A vivid illustration...Let's hope that What Money Can't Buy, by being so patient and so accumulative in its argument and its examples, marks a permanent shift in these debates." -- John Lanchester, Guardian
"In a culture mesmerised by the market, Sandel's is the indispensable voice of reason...if we...bring basic values into political life in the way that Sandel suggests, at least we won't be stuck with the dreary market orthodoxies that he has so elegantly demolished." -- John Gray, New Statesman
"What Money Can't Buy is replete with examples of what money can, in fact, buy...Sandel has a genius for showing why such changes are deeply important." -- Martin Sandbu, Financial Times
"Sandel is a political philosopher who makes us think about what it means to be good." -- Andrew Anthony, The Guardian
"What Mr. Sandel does not offer is prescriptions for rolling back the clock. He is such a gentle critic that he merely asks us to open our eyes...Yet What Money Can't Buy makes it clear that market morality is an exceptionally thin wedge." -- Jonathan V. Last, The Wall Street Journal
"Sandel is probably the world's most relevant living philosopher, thanks to the hugely popular course he teaches at Harvard, 'Justice' ...To make his argument Sandel stays focused on the everyday; he's a practical philosopher. He asks what it says about us that we employed more mercenaries than U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan? What about the idea that we should sell immigration rights? Does that cheapen the idea of citizenship?" -- Michael Fitzgerald, Newsweek
"There is no more fundamental question we face than how to best preserve the common good and build strong communities that benefit everyone. Sandel's book is an excellent starting place for that dialogue." -- Kevin J. Hamilton, The Seattle Times
"Sandel...sounds the alarm that the belief in a market economy diminishes moral thought...An exquisitely reasoned, skillfully written treatise on big issues of everyday life." -- Kirkus Review
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Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980. He is the author of many books, including Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback and a bestseller in translation in Japan and South Korea as well. He has taught his undergraduate course "Justice" to more than 15,000 Harvard students over the years, and video footage of the course were adapted into a PBS television series. Sandel graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served on the George W. Bush administration's President's Council on Bioethics. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.See all Product Description