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The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs

- Abstract

In reviewing Jeffrey Sachs’s new book for a monthly magazine, one feels rather like the last bomber pilot over Yokohama. By the time one has arrived on the scene, the target has been so badly burned up that there is little left to aim at.

Sachs, who taught at Harvard for many years before becoming the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, is an internationally renowned economist. In the 1980’s and early 90’s he advised the governments of Bolivia and Poland in their struggles with hyper-inflation and the government of the former Soviet Union in its transition to a market economy. Today he works closely with Kofi Annan and George Soros. His much-hyped new book (Time cover story, New York Times profile, Foreign Affairs excerpt) argues that a UN-managed global plan could end extreme poverty on this planet within two decades at a cost of between $135 and $195 billion per year.

About the Author

David Frum is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for National Review Online.