The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Center for International Development Jeffrey D Sachs (Hardback)
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- DescriptionFor more than three decades, Jeffrey D. Sachs has been at the forefront of international ecomic problem solving. But Sachs turns his attention back home in The Price of Civilization, a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers t only a searing and incisive diagsis of our country's ecomic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. As he has done in dozens of countries around the world in the midst of ecomic crises, Sachs turns his unique diagstic skills to what ails the American ecomy. He finds that both political parties--and many leading ecomists--have missed the big picture, offering shortsighted solutions such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to address complex ecomic problems that require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that we have profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects on our country, which create deep and largely unmet challenges with regard to jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America's single biggest ecomic failure, Sachs argues, is its inability to come to grips with the new global ecomic realities. Yet Sachs goes deeper than an ecomic diagsis. By taking a broad, holistic approach--looking at domestic politics, geopolitics, social psychology, and the natural environment as well--Sachs reveals the larger fissures underlying our country's current crisis. He shows how Washington has consistently failed to address America's ecomic needs. He describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. He also looks at the crisis in our culture, in which an overstimulated and consumption-driven populace in a ferocious quest for wealth w suffers shortfalls of social trust, honesty, and compassion. Finally, Sachs offers a plan to turn the crisis around. He argues persuasively that the problem is t America's abiding values, which remain generous and pragmatic, but the ease with which political spin and consumerism run circles around those values. He bids the reader to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the ecomy and one ather. Most important, he bids each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we can restore America to its great promise. The Price of Civilization is a masterly road map for prosperity, founded on America's deepest values and on a rigorous understanding of the twenty-first-century world ecomy.
- Author BiographyJeffrey Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. He is internationally renowned for his contributions to solving some of the world's most daunting economic and social crises, in his roles as a leading scholar and as an economic adviser to governments and international organizations around the world.
- Author(s)Center for International Development Jeffrey D Sachs
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Content Noteblack & white tables, figures
- Weight594 g
- Width163 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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