The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

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8 Critic Reviews

Sachs's remedies are less focused than his critique, and his pinning of all hope on the 15- to 29-year-old "Millennial Generation," aka "the children of the Internet," feels naïve and ageist.
-Publishers Weekly

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
 
“Succinct, humane, and politically astute . . . Sachs lays out a detailed path to reform, regulation, and recovery.”—The American Prospect
 
In this forceful and impassioned book, Jeffrey D. Sachs offers a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills, and an urgent call for Americans to restore the core virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. Sachs finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, profoundly underestimating globalization’s long-term effects and offering shortsighted solutions. He describes a political system that is beholden to big donors and influential lobbyists and a consumption-driven culture that suffers shortfalls of social trust and compassion. He bids readers to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and each one another. Most important, he urges each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we 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 economy.
 
With a new Preface by the author.

“Half a century ago J. K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society changed the political consciousness of a generation. . . . Jeffrey Sachs’s new book is a landmark in this great and essentially American tradition. . . . Sachs by his life and his writing goes far to restore one’s wavering faith in the informing inspiration of the post-1945 new dawn, faith in economics, faith in America and faith in humanity.”—The Spectator
 
“Stimulating . . . a must-read for every concerned citizen . . . [a] hard-hitting brief for a humane economy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Sachs’s book is loaded with information and anecdotes [and] proposals that would make it harder for the powerful to rig the system for their benefit.”—Scientific American
 
“An eloquent call for American civic renewal based on moderation, compassion, and cooperation across the lines of class, ethnicity, and ideology.”—CNN Money
 
“Compelling . . . This is an important book.”—Financial Times
 

About Jeffrey D. Sachs

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JEFFREY D. SACHS is the Director of The Earth Institute and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is also special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: From 2002 to 2006, he was special advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, designed to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent more than twenty years at Harvard University.







Author Residence: New York City







Author Hometown: Detroit, MI
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Random House. 336 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent

An important assessment of what ails America, and a must-read for policymakers.

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Guardian

Below average
on Oct 06 2011

...Sachs, in my view, has an inadequate grasp of social health or "wellbeing".

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Aug 29 2011

Sachs's remedies are less focused than his critique, and his pinning of all hope on the 15- to 29-year-old "Millennial Generation," aka "the children of the Internet," feels naïve and ageist.

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WSJ online

Good
on Oct 01 2011

..."The Price of Civilization" is a useful contribution to the conversation we must have in order to make informed political choices in the years ahead.

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Chicago Tribune

Above average
on Nov 28 2011

Sachs' prescriptions to get the U.S. out of its funk, if mostly of a liberal bent, have something for everybody.

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The Spectator

Good
on Oct 29 2011

Not only does he restore dignity and ethical purpose to economics. He reminds us of the fundamental decencies and democratic focus of the great American liberal tradition...

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Lehigh Valley Live

Good
on Oct 17 2011

Readers who share his views will enjoy his vigorous criticism of people at the top...

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Baltimore City Paper

Below average
on Nov 02 2011

Sachs promises to illuminate a path out of this feedback loop. But the liberal reader searches in vain for the surefire solution...

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