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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
Jeffrey D. Sachs writes a realistic blueprint for worldwide economic success

"Extreme poverty can be ended, not in the time of our grandchildren, but our time." Thus forecasts Jeffrey D. Sachs, whose twenty-five years of experience observing the world from many vantage points has helped him shed light on the most vital issues facing our planet: the causes of poverty, the role of rich-country policies, and the very real possibilities for a poverty-free future. Deemed "the most important economist in the world" by The New York Times Magazine and "the world's best-known economist" by Time magazine, Sachs brings his considerable expertise to bear in the landmark The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, his highly anticipated blueprint for world-wide economic success — a goal, he argues, we can reach in a mere twenty years. visit End of Poverty website

Marrying vivid eyewitness storytelling with concrete analysis, Sachs provides a conceptual map of the world economy and the different categories into which countries fall, explaining why wealth and poverty have diverged and evolved as they have and why the poorest nations have been so markedly unable to escape the cruel vortex of poverty. The End of Poverty does not deliver its worldviews from on high: Sachs plunges into the messy realities of economies, leading his readers through his work in Bolivia, Poland, Russia, India, China, and Africa, and concludes with an integrated set of solutions to the tangled economic, political, environmental, and social issues that most frequently hold societies back.

Writes singer Bono in the forward, "[Sachs] is an economist who can bring to life statistics that were, after all, lives in the first place. He can look up from the numbers and see faces through the spreadsheets." Rather than a sense of how daunting the world's problems are, Sachs provides an understanding of how solvable they are — and why making the effort is both our ethical duty and a self-interested strategic necessity.


“... A landmark book…combines [Sachs’] practical experience with sharp professional analysis and clear exposition….If there is any one work to put extreme poverty back onto the global agenda, this is it." — Publisher’s Weekly starred review

“Sachs proposes a many pronged, needs-based attack…that is eminently practical and minimally pipe-dreamy….A solid, reasonable argument in which the dismal science offers a brightening prospect for the world’s poor." — Kirkus reviews

“Jeffrey Sachs is that rare phenomenon: an academic economist famous for his theories about why some countries are poor and others rich, and also famous for his successful practical work in helping poor countries become richer. In this long-awaited, fascinating, clearly and movingly written book, he distills his experience to propose answers to the hard choices now facing the world." — Jared Diamond, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse

“Yes, Jeff Sachs is a dreamer, but one whose dreams flow not only from idealism but also from good analysis and impressive experience. If you care about development, and more importantly about poor people, in the developing world, this volume is a must." — President Ernesto Zedillo

“Professor Sachs has provided a compelling blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty from the world by 2025. Sachs' analysis and proposals are suffused with all the practical experience of his 20 years in the field—working in dozens of countries across the globe to foster economic development and well-being." — George Soros

“Poverty eradication is a feasible and realistic goal. The primary responsibility must lie with the people and governments of developing countries. This book of Professor Jeffrey Sachs provides a deep insight into the success achieved in this regard in many developing countries and provides useful lessons for all practitioners of policy making for poverty eradication and economic development. The insights are incisive and are placed in the larger global context of economic change and enable readers to convert these into effective policy instruments."  — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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