Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

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Penguin, 2009 - Economic policy - 386 pages

Essential reading . . . could easily end up serving as the manifesto for global affairs'

Jeffrey Sachs is one of the world's leading thinkers and activists in economic development. In this inspiring new book he sets out a realistic, practical plan for solving the most severe crises our world faces - population growth, climate change, extreme poverty - in a way that will ultimately benefit all of us. By harnessing new technology and a new ethic of global co-operation, he shows, we can find common ground in our crowded world, leaving a healthy, healed planet for future generations. It is a book which appeals equally to the head and the heart.

'Common Wealthis a plan for saving the planet'

'Timely and significant . . . written with admirable clarity'

'With powerful illustrations and moving words, he describes what humanity must do if we are to share a common future on this planet'

'This is Bigthink with a capital B'

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Couldn't read it when I realized that he has the standard economist's answer to shortages of vital materials--we will find substitutes. Really? a substitute of water? for oil? Read full review

COMMON WEALTH: Economics for a Crowded Planet

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Economist Sachs (Earth Institute/Columbia Univ.; The End of Poverty, 2005, etc.) limns social, environmental and economic forces that are reshaping the planet—for better or worse remains to be seen ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Jeffrey Sachs is an economist and the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. One of the youngest economics professors in the history of Harvard University, Sachs became renowned his work throughout the developing world and on the challenges of economic development, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation and globalization. He has twice been named one of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People in the World'. He has authored numerous books, including The End of Povertyand Common Wealth, both New York Timesbestsellers.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and the global best-selling author of The End of Poverty. He is also the BBC's Reith Lecturer for 2007 and is internationally renowned for his work as an economic advisor to governments around the world.

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