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.
About the Author
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Adviser to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. He is internationally renowned for his work as economic adviser to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1980.
"The End of Poverty is a gripping read... Sachs argues that extreme poverty can be obliterated altogether by 2025." - The Guardian
"...Sachs has attempted to construct a new way of looking at the plight of the world's poorest people..." - Time
"Book and man are brilliant, passionate, optimistic and impatient... Outstanding." - The Economist
"Sachs writes as passionately as he speaks." - BusinessWeek
"The informative and impassioned work is highly recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal
"If there is any one work to put extreme poverty back onto the global agenda, this is it." - Publishers Weekly
"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." - Booklist
"Despite some crushing statistics, The End of Poverty is a hopeful book. Based on a tremendous amount of data and his own experiences working as an economic advisor to the UN and several individual nations, Sachs makes a strong moral, economic, and political case for why countries and individuals should battle poverty with the same commitment and focus normally reserved for waging war. This important book not only makes the end of poverty seem realistic, but in the best interest of everyone on the planet, rich and poor alike." - Shawn Carkonen, Amazon