The Price of Civilization
- Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity
- Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
- Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-04-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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As he has done in dozens of countries around the world in the midst of economic crisis, Sachs turns his unique diagnostic skills to what ails the American economy. He finds that both political parties have missed the big picture: how globalization has reshaped economic life in America and around the world, thereby posing profound and largely unmet challenges for jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America’s biggest single economic failure, Sachs argues, is its failure to come to grips with the new global economic realities.
Yet Sachs goes deeper than an economic diagnosis, by asking why it is that Washington has consistently failed to address America’s economic needs. He describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. Washington, Sachs argues persuasively, has stopped representing the people and instead has turned the levers of power over to the corporate sector. Both parties are implicated, so that Washington lurches from one disappointing administration to the next, irrespective of party.
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By Amazon Customer on 03-11-18
Dark yet enlightening
The book goes deep into problems that haunt our society and elaborates on their underlying causes. It Was a bit too dark and hard to get through but the final chapters restores the hope through suggested solutions that will inspire you into action.
The narrator style fits the books approach and made it enjoyable.