Common Wealth

Common Wealth

Economics for a Crowded Planet

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143114871, 386pp.

Publication Date: March 2009

In Common Wealth, Jeffrey D. Sachs-one of the world's most respected economists and the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "The End of Poverty"- offers an urgent assessment of the environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and extreme poverty that threaten global peace and prosperity. Through crystalline examination of hard facts, Sachs predicts the cascade of crises that awaits this crowded planet-and presents a program of sustainable development and international cooperation that will correct this dangerous course. Few luminaries anywhere on the planet are as schooled in this daunting subject as Sachs, and this is the vital product of his experience and wisdom.

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).

Praise For Common Wealth

"Lucid, quietly urgent, and relentlessly logical... this is Bigthink with a capital B."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Jeffrey Sachs never disappoints. . . . This book is an excellent resource for all those who want to understand what changes the twenty-first century may bring."
-Kofi Annan, winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize and former secretary-general of the United Nations

"Common Wealth explains the most basic economic reckoning that the world faces."
-Al Gore, winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and former vice president of the United States