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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    An enlightening history of the World Bank under Jim Wolfensohn

    Former Iraq War architect and neocon superhawk Paul Wolfowitz was president of the World Bank from 2005 to 2007. Before his forced resignation, he used his office unfairly to promote bank employee Shaha Ali Riza, his girlfriend. If Wolfowitz had not stepped down voluntarily, the bank¿s board surely would have sacked him. He might be the most notorious former World Bank president, but Jim Wolfensohn is the most intriguing. Former Olympian, Australian turned American, Harvard Business school graduate, corporate dealmaker, Carnegie Hall cellist, Renaissance man and a bona fide larger-than-life character, Wolfensohn was the World Bank¿s president from 1995 to 2005. During this period, the restless, energetic Wolfensohn was like a raging tornado, ripping through the bank¿s stately Washington, D.C., offices, upsetting long-held traditions, tangling daily with the bank¿s entrenched bureaucrats, determined to make a difference for the three billion people who live in abject poverty. Journalist Sebastian Mallaby explores Wolfensohn¿s dramatic decade, along with the bank¿s changing practices and policies. getAbstract recommends Mallaby¿s fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at how Wolfensohn and the bank struggled mightily against world poverty for 10 eventful years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Book's content and motivation

    Extremely motivating and insightful for anybody interested in Development Economics! Very well-written and easy to understand. Complete coverage of petty but important, as well as the 'big picture'. Take Away - huge difference between 'ideas and execution'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    The book, the writer and The Banker are all Brilliant

    A world view, coupled with an unbelievable individual. No need for me to say more, since the pros (above) have said it all.

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