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Common Wealth by Jeffrey D. Sachs
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Jan 29, 2010

it was ok
Read from January 29 to February 07, 2010

A rather uninspiring rehash from Sachs covering the breadth of development and environmental issues. For those who are already familiar with either field (and their sustainable development intersection), you won't find much new material here aside from some innovative programs you may not have heard of (e.g., GrameenPhone and Village Phone in Bangladesh). People who have not read the development/environment literature will find Common Wealth to be an accessible introduction, though lacking in sufficient detail to provide deep knowledge about any single problem of the many that Sachs addresses. While I do applaud him for signaling attention to the neglected areas of desertification and biodiversity conservation, the game plan that he closes the book with is chock full of motherhood statements and non-controversials like 'companies should do more to provide pharmaceuticals and seeds to Africa' that fail to provide a clear roadmap for how to tackle those challenges and the numerous others he cites in this latest offering of his.
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