This book examines globalization beginning with chapter one and the "Battle of Seattle" in 1999 when thousands of citizens protested against large corporations spreading their influence around the world. They were protesting against the World Trade Organization (WTO), a group of more than 140 nations that establish rules of trade among its members. Many people felt global economy was spreading too quickly and mainly benefiting the large, powerful companies. The first chapter continues to explain globalization and where it first began. There are ten chapters in this book, and each one deals with a different aspect of globalization. Chapter two looks at the "Foundations of Globalization," other chapters examine the pros and cons of world wide trade. Writer January also looks at the IMF and the World Bank which have come under attack for their globalization efforts and practices. The author tries to give a balanced picture of globalization and how it affects people around the world, economically, socially and politically. Black and white photographs accompany the text. Source notes, a bibliography and web sites are included. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 12 up.
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Gr 8 Up-January makes a complex subject accessible to teens. Following a history of globalization, he presents the arguments for and against this trend, taking stories from the headlines (for example, the citywide protest against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999) to illustrate the passions surrounding the subject. Much of the book focuses on the last several decades, covering issues such as the Asian monetary crisis, the AIDS crisis, and an analysis of September 11. Source notes are included for each chapter, and a bibliography includes Web sites of related organizations. The list for further reading concludes with a note from the author cautioning readers that they will need to keep current by reading magazines and newspapers as this subject is ever changing. The grainy black-and-white photographs are the weakest part of the presentation. This quibble aside, the book addresses a timely subject that is not often covered in such depth and will be useful for students interested in understanding the modern economic world.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.