The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity Audio CD – Unabridged, 4 October 2011
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About the Author
Jeffrey Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. He is internationally renowned for his contributions to solving some of the worlds most daunting economic and social crises, in his roles as a leading scholar and as an economic adviser to governments and international organizations around the world.
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0307913031
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307913036
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Mr. J. Dardis
Excellent description of America's democratic deficiencyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 January 2012
This book provides an excellent description of the problems America (and other Western nations, perticularly the UK) has with the way democracy works - or, to be more exact, doesn't work. It provides a lot of supporting evidence to back up the central thesis that America is a corporatocracy rather than a democracy and suggests some solutions. It also calls for a rather 'New Labour' approach to economic and social justice issues, perhaps less convincingly in my personal view. One could easily think that the 'New Labour' approach to poverty issues had been a great success in the UK and EU and that the way to eradicate poverty issues was simply to throw money at them - a naive solution, as we increasingly know from our UK experience, since a lot of poverty is not financial in the first place. That said, I have always personally admired the author as a man of enormous compassion and wisdom and this book does not change that opinion of him as one of America's finest.
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Fine book but very USA-centricReviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2012
This is a useful and stimulating book. There is a paradox, though, in its moral concerns about capitalism, in that the book has tried to hide the fact that it is almost exclusively focussed on the USA. It has done this by renaming itself: I bought the book under the title "The Price of Civilization: Economics and Ethics After the Fall", but it is really "The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity". I was aware of this deception when buying the book, but nonetheless it diminishes the author's credibility.
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Excellent qualityReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2018
Excellent quality and great service, a very interesting read
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2017
A fantastic reading time! As with every book of professor Sachs.
Mr. Neil Thomason
Four StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2015
One of the key themes of our times, wealth inequality exacerbated by the lucky ones also free riding society.