The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

by Jeffrey D. Sachs
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The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey D. Sachs

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
 
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812980462
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 418,617
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. He is internationally renowned for his contributions to solving some of the world’s most daunting economic and social crises, in his roles as a leading scholar and as an economic adviser to governments and international organizations around the world.

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The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Chandlerjr More than 1 year ago
Every 25 - 30 years, a book is written, that could change American Society. I just finished reading such a book. The book is "The Price Of Civilization" by Jeffrey Sachs. The first sentence grabbed me: "At the root of America's economic crisis lies a moral crisis: the decline of civic virtue among America's political and economic elite." Professor Sachs' vast experience, in International Economics, and helping other countries solve their economic problems, gave him the insight to diagnose, and provide solutions to America's current crisis of confidence in its institutions. L. Chandler
Amanda_L More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Sachs is one of the most brilliant and experienced economic minds in the country. His newest novel draws on his years of experience working with foreign governments, and really drives to the heart of what we are experiencing in America today - "a moral crisis". I love how he uses facts from actual surveys to show that the American people are more aligned than the media presents on issues. His material is well researched, he presents his arguments soundly and - SURPRISE - without making it boring and unreachable. Anyone could read this book and understand exactly what his stance is. A must read for everyone in this country, but especially the politicians and businesses that are driving our country down a dangerous path.
Tom Graves More than 1 year ago
Every American, indeed every citizen of the world interested in advancing justice, compassion and prosperity with sustainability for future generations, should read and share as broadly as possible the author's informed ideas. Most importantly, please answer this clear, urgent, and lucidly expressed clarion call to action I believe the author is again due our collective thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Important information! I wish our society could see with the clarity of Mr. Sachs and act accordingly.
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YotSlot More than 1 year ago
I say "an economist" because this book treats most moral and tricky areas of American society from the lens of an economist, which may not be the best view of the situation. It does, however, help to see the facts behind various divides, especially the income gap in this country, something tailored to the talents of Sachs. At times a basic economics lesson, at times a political call to arms, this book adequately describes most of what is wrong with the country, while providing some provocative, if not very useful, solutions.
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jsavellijr More than 1 year ago
Macro economics can be confusing to say the least Jeffery Sacks explains the % of GDP as it relates to previous years and decades. If his solution suggestions were followed we The U.S. could climb out of the hole we've dug ourselves. No more blame game. If we don't have a workable solution, then we're making the problem worse.. A true solution path.
mpsarch More than 1 year ago
This is a great accompaniment to the other piece I am reading by Howard Zinn.
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