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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time Paperback – Illustrated, Feb. 28 2006
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Hailed by Timeas one of the world's hundred most influential people, Jeffrey D. Sachs is renowned for his work around the globe advising economies in crisis. Now a classic of its genre, The End of Poverty distills more than thirty years of experience to offer a uniquely informed vision of the steps that can transform impoverished countries into prosperous ones. Marrying vivid storytelling with rigorous analysis, Sachs lays out a clear conceptual map of the world economy. Explaining his own work in Bolivia, Russia, India, China, and Africa, he offers an integrated set of solutions to the interwoven economic, political, environmental, and social problems that challenge the world's poorest countries.
Ten years after its initial publication, The End of Poverty remains an indispensible and influential work. In this 10th anniversary edition, Sachs presents an extensive new foreword assessing the progress of the past decade, the work that remains to be done, and how each of us can help. He also looks ahead across the next fifteen years to 2030, the United Nations' target date for ending extreme poverty, offering new insights and recommendations.
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"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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- Publisher : Penguin Books; Annotated edition (Feb. 28 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143036580
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143036586
- Item weight : 340 g
- Dimensions : 13.92 x 2.49 x 21.34 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #261,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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in the economically less developed countries. Sachs has been on the ground, looked, studied and talked to people
he writes about.He is not scared to wade into scary topics such as corruption and dictatorships. In addition he is
academically "respectable" and appears in many places such as the Scientific Anerican while running a kind of think tank at Columbia University.My only complaint is, that he could have used some editing, and thus made the book a
little shorter and easier to digest.
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The book is well-written and contains much historical information of independent interest (aid efforts in Bolivia, Poland and Russia, for example, from Sachs' personal experience) and many useful statistics and overviews of issues related to poverty, such as cost-benefit prioritized lists for where aid money should go, as well as statistics for aid budgets of the industrialized nations and the like.
Sachs' main plan for ending world poverty is through increased development aid. He is thoroughly optimistic, perhaps overly so, compared to the more stoic viewpoints of some of his critics, for example William Easterly. Sachs does not touch very much on the topic of what types of aid works best, and how aid should be prioritized, and this is a weakness of the book.
I would recommend the book as a well-written survey of how aid can work well, and of ideas as to how to spend future development aid. However, my personal impression is also that much development aid is squandered on useless projects and siphoned away by bad governance or inefficient methodologies. As a counterpoint to Sachs' optimistic viewpoints, I would also recommend William Easterly or Dambisa Moyos books.
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.