The Price of Civilization: Economics and Ethics After the Fall

The Price of Civilization: Economics and Ethics After the Fall

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By (author) Jeffrey D. Sachs

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 21mm | 241g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099535769
  • ISBN 13: 9780099535768
  • Sales rank: 56,745

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One of the world's most brilliant economists and the bestselling author of The End of Poverty and Common Wealth, Jeffrey Sachs has written a book that is essential reading for everyone. In this time of crisis, The Price of Civilization sets out a bold and provocative, yet responsible and achievable, plan; and reveals why we must - and how we can - change our economic culture in this time of crisis. This is a masterful roadmap for prosperity, a programme designed to bridge divides and provide a way forward that we - and our leaders - ignore at our peril.

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Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, the globally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the hundred most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine.

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"The latest in a spate of books provoked by the world economic crisis and one of the best" Guardian "The economic critique stands on its own merits" The Times "Scholarly, original, independent, rigorous, enlightened and enlightening...Sachs goes so far to restore one's wavering faith in the informing inspiration of the post-1945 new dawn, faith in economics... and faith in humanity" Spectator

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One of the world's most brilliant economists and the bestselling author of The End of Poverty and Common Wealth, Jeffrey Sachs has written a book that is essential reading for everyone. THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION sets out a bold and provocative, yet responsible and achievable, plan; and reveals why we must - and how we can - change our economic culture in this time of crisis. The world economy remains in a precarious state. THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION takes a holistic view of the economic crisis, looking at macroeconomics, globalization, politics, social psychology, and the natural environment. Sachs shows how government, business and citizens alike can find common ground - on holding the corporate sector to account, strengthening and decentralising social services, and taxing the super-rich – on ways to achieve our shared goals of efficiency, equity and sustainability. He bids each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we solve pressing global challenges. Sparing no-one but potentially benefiting us all, THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION is a masterful roadmap for prosperity, a programme designed to bridge divides and provide a way forward that we - and our leaders - ignore at our peril.