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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time

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Marrying vivid eyewitness storytelling with concrete analysis, Jeffrey Sachs provides a conceptual map of the world economy and the different categories into which countries fall, explaining why wealth and poverty have diverged and evolved as they have and why the poorest nations have been so markedly unable to escape the cruel vortex of poverty. Sachs plunges into the mes ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published December 30th 2005 by Penguin Press (first published April 7th 2005)
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Riku Sayuj

Towards the End of Poverty: A Manifesto

The difference between a solid policy prescription book and an evocative manifesto is hard to make out if it is an economist writing it. I should have known which side this would fall on once I saw that the introduction was by Bono, but I let the forceful and articulate Bono force me into buying this one. In the store, Bono’s righteous anger was infectious and the book could not be put down. It sounded like a moral obligation:

Fifteen thousand people dyin
I expected to give this book one star, but I could get behind enough of Sachs' ideas to give it two. Sachs opposes IMF/WB austerity measures to promote development, and defends health care, education, and other services as public goods. He advocates taxing the rich and getting the world's wealthiest people to invest their money in the world's poorest people. He opposes Bush's excessive military spending because he thinks US and global security are more effectively guaranteed by cutting down glob ...more
Nidhi P
By bashing the rich, it's tough to get people up on the supposed ladder... rich create jobs and poor get that. However, it is up to the policy-makers and those money-mongers, corrupts sitting on the higher ranks in the hierarchy of the United Nations and other organisations supposedly working to 'make the world better' to do something meaningful. Reading this book in the light of the COVID pandemic makes much sense – what can we rely on? Redundant to an extent and yet having some gold-standard a ...more
Sean Sullivan
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
You, being a smart person who is up on contemporary debates in economics and development and/or are a reader of Vanity Fair, probably already know all about Sachs and this book.

Sachs made his name giving “shock therapy” to various third world economies. He recommended they jack up interest rates, and pushed them towards neo-liberal free market structures. His career hit a bit of a bad patch when he was associated with the economic meltdown of the former Soviet Socialist Republic. This book is hi
Poor Jeffrey Sachs. He reminds me of the autistic kid in elementary school who isn't sure why no one likes reading the marginalia of comic books as much as he does. After all, the other kids like Spiderman too. So why doesn't everyone else want to do the cross-referencing (I may have been awfully close to being that kid)?

Jeffrey Sachs' basic perspective is that all we have to do to solve poverty is pump aid money in and engage in debt relief. Let's ignore, for a moment, the fact that he was larg
Dec 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
Sachs visited Malawi a few times in the 2000s, and met the country's vice-president, "a remarkably fine individual, a dignified, eloquent, a popular figure in what is against all odds a multiparty democracy." He "came to know Malawi relatively well" and saw people dying of AIDS, depleted soil, no medicines in the hospital, children stunted from malnutrition. Paul Theroux visited the country in 2001; unlike Sachs, he speaks Chichewa, the Bantu language widely spoken in Malawi, having worked in wh ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another book written by a rich caucasian on how to solve "Third World" problems. Sachs floats a lot of "economic theories" and Bono throws in his bit as well. Understandably so, they've never walked a mile in a poor person's shoes. Some things are just as nature intended. We cannot all be wealthy CEOs, who'll do the ground work?. Intervention does more harm than good, most of the time. Some relief schemes are built on greed and filth. Just look at USaid!! Closer to home, look at the giant retail ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
A well written book. In my opinion it can not be read without also reading William Easterly's book "The Quest For Growth." The two scholors are at war with each other. Their debate is all the more interesting when you read the back and forth op-ed pieces they have written in the Washington Post.

I tend to agree with Easterly: Sachs means well, but he is very full of himself. His book is more a tribute to what he can do, and other economists can't than a good debate on the issues. Flying Bono aro
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The End of Poverty argues that extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as having an income of less than $1 a day, is 'the poverty that kills'. However, it is almost entirely preventable and solvable (as has been shown in developed countries and many developing countries) through the provision of basic services in
Uzair Ahmed

It greatly signifies poverty, a problem that must be handled with infallible plan, with efforts from everywhere around the world is must. Thanks to it's simple use of language, I was able to understand myriad basics and background details of economic development and governance in a respectable degree. But it almost felt like a guide book (like a youtube video tutorial hehe 😁) and the points it discussed were almost similar through
Arno Mosikyan
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
some excerpts

"Equality is a very big idea, connected to freedom, but an idea that doesn’t come for free. If we’re serious, we have to be prepared to pay the price. Some people will say we can’t afford to do it …. I disagree. I think we can’t afford not to do it.

When the preconditions of basic infrastructure (roads, power, and ports) and human capital (health and education) are in place, markets are powerful engines of development. Without those preconditions, markets can cruelly bypass large pa
Sachs is much criticized for his egoistic delivery, yet the book sounds insightful in its description of poor countries, their plight of poverty trap, and the unequal distribution of global wealth. He starkly blames developed nations for this inequality and appeals them to make difference through offering poor countries the opportunity to climb the “ladder of development”. Here is how the opportunity should be granted, according to Sachs.

Firstly, he appeals developed countries to cancel the debt
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone with a passion for helping the poor, I thought this book would be a worthwhile read. However, I walk away feeling like I listened to a broken record for the entire book.

Sachs' main thesis in my opinion is that poor countries need a fresh start via debt cancellation, coupled with an injection of ODA provided by the world's rich countries. He illustrated this argument 500 times in a variety of ways. His style was too confrontational and "I know best" for my liking. After hearing "me",
H Wesselius
I was more impressed by this book than I thought I would be. My distaste for Jeffery Sachs stems from his intervention in Eastern Europe specifically Poland where I thought his "shock therapy" was unnecessary and determintal to people as much as it was good for macroeconomic statistics. His blase dismissal of the middle age workforce he acknowledged was disrupted and hurt by his policies did little to impress me. The first part of the book recounts his Polish and other experiences and are far mo ...more
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
Oh Jeff...can I call you Jeff? No? Ok. Dr. Sachs, you're ideas are way too lofty and boring, but you're really enthusiastic about them so everyone likes you. I only think you're OK. What happens when all of Bono's money goes into the pockets of corrupt dictators? Will he be able to afford more sunglasses so he can continue to have pictures of himself taken with brown kids in the bright African sun? I think he will. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs in those bright African places will continue stay stagna ...more
Zaeem Al
Jan 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely detailed analysis pointing towards why and how extreme poverty still pervades in the 21st century. Professor Sachs cites actionable steps that can eradicate extreme poverty in this lifetime. There needs to be more like-minded influential policymakers/economists championing this cause like Professor Sachs.
Oct 09, 2020 marked it as sounded_good_but_no  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I would most likely never have read this book anyway, but chapter 3 of Mexico Unconquered begins with some of Sachs' ideas and basically says how far off base he is, so I'm going to quote/summarize some of John Gibler's comments from Mexico Unconquered.

Gibler quotes Sachs: "Let me dispose of one idea right from the start. Many people assume that the rich have gotten rich because the poor have gotten poor. In other words, they assume that Europe and the United States used military force an
David Johnson
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generation X seems to have missed out on causes greater than ourselves. The Greatest Generation had World War II. The baby boomers had efforts to overcome racial discrimination and end the war in Vietnam. Gen X'ers have enjoyed economic prosperity and although there were events going on in the world where we should have stood up and rallied the nation around the need to do the right thing (ending genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur come to mind), we opted to continue the materialistic pursuit ...more
Anders Moeller
Note: Old review. TEOP may be canon in the development field but should merely be read as a starting point, or perhaps a snapshot of development theory in the early 2000s from a simplistic liberal econ perspective.
I strongly believe that this is an important book to read for everyone of our generation. Although Sachs at times seems like an ideologist, I share his sentiments and I am grateful for how his book portrays that ending extreme poverty is within our grasp- and probably
Amanda Kettler
I read this book several years ago as an undergrad and picked it up at a garage sale to re-read. Although I do think several of Sachs ideas have merit, I couldn’t get over some of the language he used to describe African countries. In addition to painting a very general picture of the continent, I found his description propagated the narrative of Africa being a “dark” continent in need of “saving”. To his credit, he has done some very important work - especially related to health (HIV/AIDS) but ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new way to think of global economics, for sure. I need some time to process his concept of capitalism with a heart as the best vehicle for social justice. I can respect the way Sachs tries to find a middle ground between dog-eat-dog free-market systems and closed authoritarian systems. A little repetitive at the end and not super well-written.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rallying whimper

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A review of The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs

This should have been one of the greatest books ever written. It should have been the rallying cry for a radical new approach to global development, a seminal advance in what it means to do economics—it should have been quite literally a book to save a billion lives.
And make no mistake, Jeffrey Sachs has a project that really does have the potential to have that kind of impact. But The End of Poverty doesn't
I found Jeffrey Sachs' The End of Poverty to be extremely enlightening and informative on the issues of poverty, globalization, and the issues developing countries face that prevent them to achieve the first steps towards economic development. I'll admit to having no prior knowledge or experience in this area, especially in economics. There were parts of the book where I became confused by the data explained and density of the writing, but, in general, Sachs' ideas are easy to comprehend and c ...more
Allison Olson
Well written and intriguing, but I was looking for more of a boots on the ground directive of how to help those in poverty. This does give a great overview of the history and the situation and the fix.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The book epitomizes a top-down, experts-know-best approach to international development. Sachs is knowledgeable, but oh so arrogant. Read this in combination with William Easterly's The White Man's Burden, just to get a little balance. Sachs' fawning praise for the celebrities and politicians who either wrote reviews for the book or retain him as an expert consultant is particularly distasteful. That said, it's worth reading. ...more
Jeanette Lukens
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like an autobiography, which seemed a little bit strange, but it is very impressive what Sachs has participated in and accomplished. I think the most interesting and may be poignant Takeaway was how often and consistently there exists prejudiced against those in poverty.
Kuljinder Singh
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very outstanding book , thoughtprovoking and informative
Praneesh K
Quick primer on development economics.
John Willis
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very powerful book, Sach's is very passionate on the topic of world poverty and how billions of the world's population is living on less than $1 a day. He details policies and ideas that have been tried and those that he believes can work to end world poverty. It is amazing to me that an book by an economist can come across as more christian and how do we help the poor and disadvantaged than a lot of christians that I come in contact with on the same subject. Well written book and it gave me a n ...more
Ashna Kumar
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Any accomplishment requires work and effort of many people.” This book review is no different. We ‘Group-29' has reviewed the book “End of property by Jeffery D. Sachs “.Working on this assignment was a source of immense knowledge to us. The entire work is done by six members: Abhishek, Aditya, Akriti, Ayushi, Ashna & Giti. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Mala Reddy and Akash Sondhi for their guidance and valuable support throughout the entire course. We ack
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Jeffrey David Sachs, is an American economist, public policy analyst, and former director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty. He is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.

Sachs is the Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development

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