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Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Book by Peet, Richard
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 29th 2003 by Zed Books
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Muhammad al-Khwarizmi
I pooped out around page 38 after, and this is verbatim, paragraphs like this:

With my present concern about policy, however, I am interested in a particularly formalized system of producing good economic sense. This is an area of cultural-political production inhabited by highly trained, experienced individuals – ‘experts’ – and well-established, abundantly financed institutions – government departments, think tanks, banking associations, and the like. The entire social process of high-level ins
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Did they have to make it so boring?
I want to give this five stars, because this is all important stuff, and there aren’t enough books out there that critically examine the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World Trade Organization (WTO). On the other hand, some of this is written with a humorless, impersonal, bone-dry legalistic style which makes me want to curl up into a fetal ball and cry myself to sleep. There are better, or at least more engaging, books out there about
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Christina
The first edition of Unholy Trinity was co-written and titled by students who took the same class I’m currently taking. This edition, though, is definitely all Professor Peet.While it’s not nearly as confusing as Geography of Power, this book goes off on tangent after tangent.

Unholy Trinity delves into what Peet considers to be undemocratic, American-dominated organizations that operates more as corporations than organizations committed to every member country’s interest. Peet does a good job of
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Karlo Mikhail
Jul 30, 2014 Karlo Mikhail rated it really liked it
Shelves: imperialism
Could have been perfect if it was not marred by a reformist perspective that peddles the illusion that the unholy trinity can be reformed to serve the people's needs. Nevertheless, it still offers a comprehensive overview of the workings of the IMF, WOrld Bank, and WTO and how the three serve the Washington-Wall Street alliance.
Matt
May 15, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the three international financial institutions: the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO. It offers a deconstructive critique of the whole Bretton Woods system.
The first chapter sets the tone and introduces concepts such as Marx's "ideology" or Gramsci's "hegemonic discourse". It quickly goes over globalization, neoliberalism, the Washington Consensus, and the birth of the three financial institutions. Each subsequent chapter is dedicated to each one of those institutions.

From the i
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Nick
Review of 2nd ed: Richard Peet is a longtime critical development scholar working within economic geography. In Unholy Trinity (2nd ed.) he works to deconstruct the discursive systems that are the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO. This book probably requires training in neoclassical economics and some familiarity (I'm not sure I would say "comfort") with discourse analysis, and as a result of Peet's objectives (deconstruction of neoliberal discourse) has been rather tedious to get through. Howev ...more
Suraj Alva
Dec 30, 2009 Suraj Alva rated it did not like it
He is a godforsaken terrible writer, and I mean terrible. This book, the most recent edition, is unfocused, and more importantly disjointed,and heavily biased. It got to the point where, even when he was citing fact, I had tremendous difficulty in believing it. The reason: he wrote it. From his thesis in the first chapter, and his continuous persistence on proclaiming it throughout the book through examples with in your face commentary, on what it really means, without letting you interpret it y ...more
Sreeja
Jan 20, 2013 Sreeja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
doesnt say anything new which hasn't been pointed out by the likes of Stiglitz already. Though it makes a good enough introduction to the controversies and complaints surrounding the working for these global economic intsituitons , it reads like school textbook and sometimes like a never ending literature review.
Bethany
Jun 05, 2007 Bethany rated it really liked it
I will eventually finish this book.
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I helped write this book!
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