The End of Poverty : How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime, Paperback Book

The End of Poverty : How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime Paperback

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Jeffrey Sachs draws on his remarkable 25 years' experience to offer a thrilling and inspiring vision of the keys to economic success in the world today.

Marrying vivid storytelling with acute analysis, he sets the stage by drawing a conceptual map of the world economy and explains why, over the past 200 years, wealth and poverty have diverged and evolved across the planet, and why the poorest nations have been so markedly unable to escape the trap of poverty.

Sachs tells the remarkable stories of his own work in Bolivia, Poland, Russia, India, China and Africa to bring readers with him to an understanding of the different problems countries face.

In the end, readers will be left not with an understanding of how daunting the world's problems are, but how solvable they are - and why making the effort is both our moral duty and in our own interests.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poverty & unemployment
  • ISBN: 9780141018669

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This is a very good thought-provoking book by an economic expert. Much of his analysis is excellent, and I particularly like the way he dispels many of the myths about poverty, particularly in Africa. I'm not so sure about his conclusions, though. He believes that poverty can be alleviated within the existing capitalist free market economic system. Many in the world would suggest that capitalism has failed the poor and we need some new creative thinking.

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I was rather disappointed by this book. In a nutshell you wouldn't learn from it anything you wouldn't already know from reading the Economist or the Financial Times. The level of the analysis seems rather shallow (possibly due to the author's legitimate objective of reaching a wide audience) when analysis is not completely replaced by anecdotes that (in my opinion rather irritatingly) paint Sachs himself as a Forrest-Gump-like character that pops up at every economically significant recent historical event. The only points that I found informative are: 1) how little Western countries actually devote to official development assistance and how manipulative they are in presenting their efforts as much more substantial than Sachs claim they are. 2) how the confidence that (self styled) statesmen often have on the 'political impossibility' or certain courses of action is often quite misguided.

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