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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: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307913043
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 1/22/2014

    " I liked many of the author's arguments and generally agreed with most of the solutions he discussed. He presents sound data that characterizes political/economic problems in the US and outlines plausible solutions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/20/2014

    " Mr. Sachs makes a compelling argument for his version of American civic priorities. He explains his thoughts in an easy to read manner and I learned a lot from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nigel | 1/5/2014

    " A sweeping and compelling analysis coupled with a noble call to action: recognize and fix what ails America - a broken political system that can't think beyond the selfish and short-term needs of corporations with former politicians extending their careers as their paid political lobbyists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pol Llovet | 12/22/2013

    " preaching to the choir, so not exactly illuminating. However it is a cogent read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Panos | 12/18/2013

    " Reads like a high school essay, guess it's meant for the everyday layman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnie Funch | 12/12/2013

    " I loved this book--spoke to my political philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 11/14/2013

    " A very thought-provoking read. I highly recommend it, especially to my fellow millenials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ND | 10/13/2013

    " didn't finish this book....but got enough to know I agree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 6/25/2013

    " Really important book but it was due at library before I could finish... story of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince Carter | 4/13/2013

    " Superb discussion(especially Chapter 11)in clear and readable language of the financial crunch the country is in, how it happened and the only way out of the mess that will catch us up with where we need to be to compete with the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rflutist | 1/30/2013

    " Read a sample on my Amazon Kindle and then went to You Tube to hear Professor Sachs speak. His voice is a voice of the people in America today and his writing is clear, concise and excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/28/2013

    " Oh Jeff. One sentence I love you, the next I wonder what you're thinking. There are so many contradictions in this book, and Sachs is undoubtedly a progressive. Though there are some great ideas, like his MDG he always wants to throw money at the issue. However, it is worth the read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 8/1/2012

    " What a great nonpartisan analysis of our economic situation. This book looks at the complex interactions between domestic politics, geopolitics, social psychology, and natural environment variables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 7/29/2012

    " Found myself agreeing with just about everything he has to say. accessible and compelling, although so much is written, so little seems to be being done...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Rabinov | 4/15/2012

    " A well written inspiring book that explains the problems in the US and how to fix them. Americans can move forward from here if they choose to. The first economist I have seen who has seen how Eastern religion can help "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Baker | 12/12/2011

    " A thoughtful look at what's broken in our society and how to fix it. Highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Lacy | 10/22/2011

    " Extremely important book to read on issues relevant to making intelligent political choices and decisions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/22/2011

    " Brilliant. Professor Sachs should be President. "

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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

Richard McGonagle is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an experienced film, television, and voice-over actor. He has appeared in such films as Rules of Engagement and such television shows as The Practice and JAG.