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Essential, encyclopedic framework for global sustainability. Slightly dated, but offers comprehensive context for the issues and sets the stage for UN Sustainable Development Goals. Reader made the journey enjoyable.
Although the Audible claims to be "unabridged" it skips all of the discussion of figures. And since the figures and graphs are a large part of this book, audible is missing too much. I know this because I bought the book as well.
Sachs offers a really astute assessment of the global situation. He is optimistic (perhaps delusional) about humanity's capacity to pull back from the brink of self-annihilation. However, he acknowledges that we need some major global changes to make any real progress -- what I don't see is how we can make any of that progress. This is always the climate change problem: the assessment of the situation is accurate and acute, but the idiots who have the power to act are so busy greasing their palms that they don't act. Sigh.
I really like how Sachs puts together economic development, social inclusion, and sustainability. This cluster makes so much sense it almost hurts. He's not the first to do this, of course -- Naomi Klein in her radical left-wing way and Brian McLaren in his theological way have both gone before -- but Sachs has the credibility of the economist (do economists have credibility???) and of someone who has been working to make a significant difference in the lives of the poor.
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