The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity
Jeffrey D. Sachs
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“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
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This book is spot on
Which is exactly why the "this book is trash" reviewer is afraid you will read it. Knowledge is in fact power.
The Price of Civilization
Common sense, All too un-common in economic treaties It re-phrases the question of Big or small government to good or bad government. I thought the book was thought provoking insightful and a great commentary on the interplay between government and the private sector
I believe that any citizen will find this book a useful perspective of our responsibility as citizens and as a member of the larger human family. In a current media clash of FOX vs. MSNBC and perspective confirmation, I truly believe that both sides of the left vs. right (or in our country case the middle vs. right of right) will find this book thought provoking and useful
The message is right on and supported by lots of data. The only drawback for me was a tone of lecturing the reader in the last chapters.