Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World [NOOK Book]

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Grzegorz W. Kolodko, one of the world's leading authorities on economics and development policy and a key architect of Poland's successful economic reforms, applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation that transcends any single discipline or paradigm.

Deploying a novel mix of scientific evaluation and personal observation, Kolodko begins with a ...
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Overview


Grzegorz W. Kolodko, one of the world's leading authorities on economics and development policy and a key architect of Poland's successful economic reforms, applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation that transcends any single discipline or paradigm.

Deploying a novel mix of scientific evaluation and personal observation, Kolodko begins with a brief discussion of misinformation and its perpetuation in economics and politics. He criticizes the simplification of complex economic and social issues and investigates the link between developments in the global economy and cultural change, scientific discoveries, and political fluctuations. Underscoring the necessity of conceptual and theoretical innovation in understanding our global economic situation, Kolodko offers a provocative study of globalization and the possibility of coming out ahead in an era of worldwide interdependence. Deeply critical of neoliberalism, which sought to transfer economic control exclusively to the private sector, Kolodko explores the virtues of social-economic development and the new rules of the economic game. He concludes with a look at our near and distant future, questioning whether we have a say in its making.
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Editorial Reviews

D. Mario Nuti

They used to say in Warsaw of the globetrotting, four-time Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, "God is everywhere. Kolodko's already been there." In his latest book Truth, Error, and Lies, Grzegorz W. Kolodko takes us on a breathtaking journey through territories, centuries, and disciplines, including some formerly uncharted, at nerve-wracking speed. One will always be entertained, inspired, and enlightened.

Justin Yifu Lin

Truth, Errors, and Lies distills lessons for development learned from a whole life of work and observations by a thinker and practitioner of economic transition and real-world politics.

Robert A. Mundell

Kolodko has been an important player in the transition of the Polish economy and has wide experience and original insights into themes and trends in the international economy. Every reader with an interest in economic development can benefit from reading this book.

Edmund S. Phelps

This huge canvas depicting recent developments in economic policy is an outcry against the neoliberalism that dominated policymaking in the last quarter of the twentieth century and a hopeful assessment of the departures in economic thinking over the past two decades. Although I do not agree with Kolodko that the neoliberals have a monopoly on lying and the neo-left are pure in heart, I believe this book is a valuable meditation on the heterodox approach to economic policy now springing up across the world.

Martin Wolf

Grzegorz Kolodko has written an extraordinarily wide-ranging and thought-provoking book. It is easy to disagree with parts of his argument. But the book makes plain not only the scale of the challenges humanity now confronts but the potential for humane, pragmatic and co-operative solutions.

Vito Tanzi
In a world that focuses on trees or even on the barks of the trees, Professor Kolodkobook deals with all the forests of the world, and not only the forests of today but alsothose of the past and the future.
Robert J. Aumann

Professor Kolodko is certainly very outspoken; he does not mince words. My own specialty is theory,which inter alia is meant to inform policy; the book gets directly at the policy matters themselves.

Jozef Hen

Grzegorz Kolodko -- an economist who sets out in pursuit of the volatile world to unravel the nexusof humanity's concerns -- is not daunted by the complexity of the task. His ever-vigilant optimism cutsthrough the conundrum and leads him to boldly denounce conformism, hypocrisy and opportunistic thinking. Aided by his knowledge, practical experience and erudition of a humanist equally at home with Hafez, Montaigneor Orwell, he wields with panache his narrative spiced with anecdote and irony. A real tour de force!

Professor Vito Tanzi

In a world that focuses on trees or even on the barks of the trees, Professor Kolodkobook deals with all the forests of the world, and not only the forests of today but alsothose of the past and the future.

Finance India - Manju Agarwal

...an extraordinarily wide-ranging and thought-provoking book.

Le Monde Diplomatique

Kolodko astounds the reader with his erudition and, something of immeasurable value in a book on economics, never permits him to become bored. Thanks to the successful marriage of economics, history, sociology, politics, and literature, Truth, Errors, and Lies is light reading but not devoid of theoretical gravity, ideal for the beach and, at the same time, just right for a university seminar.

Janusz Czapinski

The book is splendidly written, brimming with riches, and, like the Bible, can be studied from beginning to end and from end to beginning.

Andrew Ziemski

Books of a similar nature to "Truth, Errors and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World" include Alvin Toffler's "Future Shock," published in 1970, and Francis Fukuyama's "1989 The End of History"...The whole civilized world talked about them...This book will play a similar role.

Eastern Approaches - Economist blog

But this book is well worth reading, even if you disagree with its arguments and dislike its conclusions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231521567
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Grzegorz W. Kolodko was Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance from 1994 to 1997 and from 2002 to 2003. He is now a professor of political economy at Kozminski University in Warsaw and has authored nearly forty books.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

The Navigator1: The World, by Words2: How Things Happen: Economic Processes -- What Science, by Policy3: A Brief History of the World and What We Can Learn from It: Why Some Countries Are Wealthy and Others Poor, by and Whether It Must Always Be So4: Globalization -- and Then What? Where Globalization Originated and How to Come Out Ahead in the Era of Worldwide Interdependence5: The World As It Is: How People Are Coping in Various Corners of a Changing World6: The Withering of Neoliberalism and Its Tattered Legacy: Why a Harmful Concept Rose to Temporary Ascendancy in Half the World and What to Do about It7: What Development Is and What It Depends On: Where Socioeconomic Development Comes from and How It Can Make Us Happy8: Stagnation and Development -- Institutions, by Policy9: The Coincidence Theory of Development and the New Pragmatism: What Output Growth and Economic Development Depend On and How to Make Them Better10: The Uncertain Future: What Awaits Us in the Near and Distant Future, by and What Say We Have in ItA LetterIndex

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Desperately needed by any intelligent human being!!!!

    This is a very timely book addressing most critical issues of the World future existence. It skilfully combines author's personal experience form visiting 120 plus countries with his extraordinary grasp and understanding of economy and international relations. This position is a must in any library of any university in the World that considers itself reputable. The book should be commended for clarity, exceptional load of information, and human perspective in researching World's problems. It is also innovative - with the book you get access to a huge data base on line with frequently updated economic and political data on almost everything you can be interested in. This is a book for individuals who want to understand the World. I second all the positive opinions about this book provided by such authorities as: Robert Mundell, Francis Fukuyama, Justin Lin, J. Hen. But the most of all I share opinions of my students who read this fascinating piece of economic literature in three days. They indicated how fun experience this book was. We spent three classes addressing Prof. Kolodko's views and perception of the World. More and more people share his concepts - the World needs lots of change. Finally, at this price its is a bargain!

    I confirm that my review is Truth, with no Errors, and Lies. Read this item and you will know why.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Hello everyone

    This is an extraordinary book, structured exquisitely. The author draws on facts and so he isn´t bound by ideologies. The book is multilayered beacause - as he says - things interconnect and play together. It's a deeply thoughtful book by a true intellectual and for independent thinkers.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    riveting, fantastic, you must check it out!

    Without a doubt, I have never, ever read a book, such as this!! It took my breath away..This book took me on an unbelievable journey all over the globe, with the speed of light! I read the book twice, and can not get enough of it..Very educational, an "eye-opener"...An intricate plot, and yet, solvable and comprehensive. This book is an easy reading, for everyone, despite the fact, that this is a scientific book...A rare GEM!
    What are you waiting for???? A MUST! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Highly Recommeded, splendid, astounding, one in a millions!!! Breath-taking book!

    An extraordinary, though-provoking, astounding, splendid book! The reader won't be able to put this book down, and never becomes bored. The book reads as a novel, fiction, a real page turner, and yet, this is a book of science, which brilliantly ties economy, politics, culture, psychology, sociology on the globe's canvas. I have never read a book, such as this!! A MUST!!!!!

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended. This book is A MUST!!!!

    This is an extraordinary book, one in a millions...The author wrote this book in a way, that anybody can read it, and understand the context, and not just an economist. This book is reviting, a page turner, and reads as a novel, but yet, it is a scientific book, about global economy and politics, and very cleverly showes, how the two are connected. An amazing, very rare book, a gem.
    Bravo, and compliments to the author. This book deserves a maximum publicity!

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Brilliant book. It must be read by everyone who is interested in politics and economics. After visiting over one hundred countries and after governmental experience Mr. Kolodko has very strictly defined world problems. His knowledge is incredible.

    Mick_100G

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Recommended! Highly recommended!

    Yet again a book from prof. Kolodko that anyone can read, understand and get as much out of as possible. Brilliant! This book reinvents the way we think about certain political and economical aspects of our every day life. Hopefully many persons will read this and apply some of these observations to their own way of thinking!

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