The End of Poverty

Economic Possibilities for Our Time

By Jeffrey D. Sachs; Bono (Foreword by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143036586, 398pp.)

Publication Date: February 2006

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Jeffrey D. Sachs has been cited by The New York Times Magazine as "probably the most important economist in the world" and by Time as "the world's best-known economist." He has advised an extraordinary range of world leaders and international institutions on the full range of issues related to creating economic success and reducing the world's poverty and misery. Now, at last, he draws on his entire twenty-five-year body of experience to offer a thrilling and inspiring big-picture vision of the keys to economic success in the world today and the steps that are necessary to achieve prosperity for all.
Marrying vivid eyewitness storytelling to his laserlike analysis, Jeffrey Sachs sets the stage by drawing a vivid conceptual map of the world economy and the different categories into which countries fall. Then, in a tour de force of elegance and compression, he explains why, over the past two hundred years, wealth has diverged across the planet in the manner that it has and why the poorest nations have been so markedly unable to escape the cruel vortex of poverty. The groundwork laid, he explains his methods for arriving, like a clinical internist, at a holistic diagnosis of a country's situation and the options it faces. Rather than deliver a worldview to readers from on high, Sachs leads them along the learning path he himself followed, telling the remarkable stories of his own work in Bolivia, Poland, Russia, India, China, and Africa as a way to bring readers to a broad-based understanding of the array of issues countries can face and the way the issues interrelate. He concludes by drawing on everything he has learned to offer an integrated set of solutions to the interwoven economic, political, environmental, and social problems that most frequently hold societies back. In the end, he leaves readers with an understanding, not of how daunting the world's problems are, but how solvable they are--and why making the effort is a matter both of moral obligation and strategic self-interest. A work of profound moral and intellectual vision that grows out of unprecedented real-world experience, The End of Poverty is a road map to a safer, more prosperous future for the world.



About the Author
Jeffrey D Sachs is Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. One of the most famous development economists in the world, Prof. Sachs has been Advisor to several governments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. He was named one of the 100 most infl uential people in the world by "Time "magazine in 2004 and 2005. Currently Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, he was previously Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007. He is author of the bestseller "The End of Poverty "(2006) and "Common Wealth "(2008), and co-author of "Macroeconomics in the Global Economy "(1993), and co-editor of "India in the Era of Economic Reforms "(1999).

Bono is the internationally acclaimed lead singer and writer for U2.
Gavin Friday, one of Bono's oldest friends, is a musician, painter, and film soundtrack composer, formerly of the band the Virgin Prunes.
Directed by Maurice Seezer, the Seezer Ensemble has produced music with Gavin Friday for films including "In the Name of the Father" and "The Boxer,"
Founded in 1986, the Irish Hospice Foundation works to provide better care for people with terminal illness.
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