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The World's Banker : Story of Failed States, Financial Crises, and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations

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Never has the World Bank's relief work been more important than in the last nine years, when crises as huge as AIDS and the emergence of terrorist sanctuaries have threatened the prosperity of billions. This journalistic masterpiece by Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby charts those controversial years at the Bank under the leadership of James Wolfensohn--the unstoppable power broker whose daring efforts to enlarge the planet's wealth in an age of globalization and terror were matched only by the force of his polarizing personality. Based on unprecedented access to its subject, this captivating tour through the messy reality of global development is that rare triumph--an emblematic story through which a gifted author has channeled the spirit of the age. This edition features a new afterword by the author that analyzes the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz as Wolfensohn's successor at the World bank Read Sebastian Mallaby's new book, The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30mm | 458.14g
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143036793
  • 9780143036791
  • 562,523

Table of contents

Preface: The Prisoner of Lilliput
Chapter One: A Tale of Two Ambitions


Chapter Two: "World Bank Murderer"


Chapter Three: The Renaissance President


Chapter Four: A Twister in Africa


Chapter Five: Mission Sarajevo


Chapter Six: Narcissus and the Octopus


Chapter Seven: The Cancer of Corruption


Chapter Eight: Uganda's Myth and Miracle


Chapter Nine: A Framework for Development


Chapter Ten: From Seattle to Tibet


Chapter Eleven: Waking Up to Terror


Chapter Twelve: A Plague upon Development


Chapter Thirteen: Back to the Future


Chapter Fourteen: A Lion at Carnegie


Acknowledgments


Notes


Index
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"A sophisticated, evenhanded take on the [World Bank's] last decade of development efforts... Illuminating... heartbreaking... a fascinating narrative." --The New York Times

"An excellent read... [Mallaby] has a talent for brilliant writing and penetrating analysis." --Financial Times
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About Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby is the author of several books, including More Money Than God and The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan. A former Financial Times contributing editor and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Mallaby is the Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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