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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs Narrator: Richard McGonagle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For more than three decades, Jeffrey D. Sachs has been at the forefront of international economic problem solving.  But Sachs turns his attention back home in The Price of Civilization, a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.

As he has done in dozens of countries around the world in the midst of economic crises, Sachs turns his unique diagnostic skills to what ails the American economy. He finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, offering shortsighted solutions such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to address complex economic problems that require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that we have profoundly underestimated globalization’s long-term effects on our country, which create deep and largely unmet challenges with regard to jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America’s single biggest economic failure, Sachs argues, is its inability to come to grips with the new global economic realities.

Yet Sachs goes deeper than an economic diagnosis. By taking a broad, holistic approach—looking at domestic politics, geopolitics, social psychology, and the natural environment as well—Sachs reveals the larger fissures underlying our country’s current crisis. He shows how Washington has consistently failed to address America’s economic needs. He describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. He also looks at the crisis in our culture, in which an overstimulated and consumption-driven populace in a ferocious quest for wealth now suffers shortfalls of social trust, honesty, and compassion. 

Finally, Sachs offers a plan to turn the crisis around. He argues persuasively that the problem is not America’s abiding values, which remain generous and pragmatic, but the ease with which political spin and consumerism run circles around those values. He bids the reader to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and one another. Most important, he bids each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we can 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cassandra Silva | 2/11/2014

    " Despite the fact that I completely disagreed with his "painting" regarding the outcome of some of these scenarios I do think the delivery was sharp and to the point. I loved the way he presented the data and tried to engage the reading audience with a myrid of examples and different topics and how they fit in to the current picture of Americas economy and policy. I am not sure if I agree with all of his views, but many of them need to be brought up. I though his information on the collective lack of knowledge of Americans regarding what is really going on in the country is dead on,whether or not his solutions to it are completely valid. I can not tell you how many people I know, that have a greater handle on the ins and outs of the Osbourne family than they do of our economic climate or what is actually going on. I hear so often people "blaming" welfare and government handouts for our massive accumulating debt, when in fact it makes us such a tiny fraction of the GDP budget as to not even be mentionable. Good insights if somewhat pushy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebekah | 2/9/2014

    " I should have caught this one in 2010. Valid points, though, that remain in 2013. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bojana Duke | 2/6/2014

    " Short and shallow for such a huge topic. It seemed like Sachs oversimplified the issues that we're facing. He makes a lot of claims with lots of references to various research and other writings, but doesn't go very deep into anything. Given the breadth of the topic, it would make for a mighty long book, so I understand the need to keep it scoped, but it was unsatisfying. I'm planning on looking into more of the books in the Further Readings section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bo White | 2/3/2014

    " I actually liked this better than 'End of Poverty' as the application of his research is a single country, namely the U.S., and thus the arguments and solutions seem to be stronger. Not everyone will agree with his conclusions, but it's worth a more in depth view of current events. "

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