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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781429592239
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In Common Wealth, Jeffrey D. Sachs—one of the world’s most respected economists and the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Poverty—offers an urgent assessment of the environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and extreme poverty that threaten global peace and prosperity. Through crystalline examination of hard facts, Sachs predicts the cascade of crises that awaits this crowded planet—and presents a program of sustainable development and international cooperation that will correct this dangerous course. Few luminaries anywhere on the planet are as schooled in this daunting subject as Sachs, and this is the vital product of his experience and wisdom.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Carrasco | 2/19/2014

    " Why hasn't everyone read this book? This is about the future of humanity. In 2008, the human population became more urban than rural for the first time EVER!! That alone is significant. But it's one one little star in this the sky of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 2/10/2014

    " It took me some time to finish this as it is not a fast read. But it is very good and makes the reader consider some very real problems and how they can be solved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 2/7/2014

    " This book connects lots of different topics in ways I never would have imagined...It essentially lists all of the worlds ills and how they are connected to global poverty in a way that is thoroughly researched, and smartly cross referenced. The book finishes with a call to action that left me inspired in spite of all of the terrible things the book is about. I hope Obama knows this guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/28/2014

    " Again, reading this for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriela | 1/23/2014

    " This book is food for thought. We may don't agree with all Sach's perspectives but he certainly does a good job unvailing important issues of today's world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 1/15/2014

    " The importance of reading this book can't be overstressed. It should be required reading for every politician and high school student. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/1/2014

    " I liked many of the ideas expressed and the sense of optimism. I was a bit put off by the description of a three part solution that included corporations, NGOs, and governments, that did not acknowledge or examine the place of communities and cultures as well. And there were some points where it seemed like certain externalities were not known (or admitted), such as the environmental cost of manufacture, especially of the kinds of materials needed to produce solar panels or compact batteries with increased storage capacity. When you're talking about global sustainability, you can't allow yourself unacknowledged externalities, because nothing is external to the global system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/28/2013

    " Second book I've read of Sachs. I found this one even more pedantic and tedious than the first ("End of Poverty"), even though I'm a big believer in the imperatives he lays out. Even choirs get tired of too much preaching. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily George | 12/17/2013

    " Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete Hobson | 11/19/2013

    " Started this and couldn't get through too much of it. Way too many facts at the beginning, felt like I was reading a text book. Wasn't enjoyable at all. It looks like there are case studies further into it, which are probably better reads, but it took too much effort to get to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/12/2013

    " Read this book! Jeffrey Sachs is brilliant. Explains that the 'us-vs.-them' approach to capitalism is stupid, and we have to look after the welfare of everybody to continue to prosper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/19/2013

    " Everyone should read this too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 12/10/2012

    " With years of experience as a respected economic adviser to governments and organizations around the world, Sachs presents analyses of global problems and offers practical solutions. A serious and finally optimistic presentation. Clearly readable and hopeful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vijay | 11/5/2012

    " This is an eye opening book, hitting on all of the policy challenges that the world will face in the coming years. Even better, this book offers practical solutions for sustainable development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shendl | 10/11/2012

    " I started reading this for a book group and time got away. I liked what I did get to read but will not get to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chasity | 9/26/2012

    " One of the most informative, innovative and inspiring books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/30/2011

    " Can't remember exactly when I finished this, because it wasn't that memorable. The subject matter is fantastically important, but somehow Sachs didn't deliver in this tome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 3/23/2011

    " This one is on hold temporarily due to my need for some good fiction first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/24/2010

    " For that tiny portion of us all that is actually slightly interested in economics :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 2/25/2010

    " With years of experience as a respected economic adviser to governments and organizations around the world, Sachs presents analyses of global problems and offers practical solutions. A serious and finally optimistic presentation. Clearly readable and hopeful "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete | 2/16/2010

    " Started this and couldn't get through too much of it. Way too many facts at the beginning, felt like I was reading a text book. Wasn't enjoyable at all. It looks like there are case studies further into it, which are probably better reads, but it took too much effort to get to them. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey D. SachsJeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.
About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an actor, author, playwright, and professional narrator. Under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and his wife, Jahnna Beecham, have written over one hundred books for young readers; their musicals have played in theaters across America. His audiobook credits include works by Dean Koontz, Nelson Algren, and William F. Buckley Jr. He has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.