Heavy on morality and testaments to Sachs' tenacity, a little light on new ideas for the reader
Sachs' economics and ideas on development are great wheHeavy on morality and testaments to Sachs' tenacity, a little light on new ideas for the reader
Sachs' economics and ideas on development are great when he offers them too much of this book is filled with stories of his connections and job experiences that seem more meant to convey his own tenacity rather than offer important lessons. He also relied too much on appealing to morals. Anyone reading a book like this already feels morally obligated to do something about the income gap in the world and it ends up reading like a boring lecture from a overzealous parent. His main point, that the developing world requires more financial aid from the industrial world, is simply too broad for me.
His chapters on the recent economic developments of China and India I found much more to my liking. They focused on why these countries succeeded and described the interesting economic and technological solutions that they used to combat poverty.
Though I'm not a fan of the book, the 'End of Poverty' did make me a fan of Jeffrey Sachs. His tenacity and expertise could allow him to enact some serious change in the coming decades. I will watch Columbia's Earth Institute (which he heads) very closely....more