Sachs, economist and advisor to the UN, offers a blueprint for eliminating--by 2025--the hunger and extreme poverty responsible for millions around the world dying because of disease and lack of drugs. With a foreward by rock star Bono, this book tells how to achieve the goal of a world safe from poverty and the terrorism it feeds. He explains how to fight disease, promote good science and universal education, put into place critical infrastructure, and help the poorest global citizens. Noting that aid from the U.S. constitutes a very small percentage of its GNP, Sachs challenges the U.S. to transfer part of its military budget to global security through economic development and calls on the wealthiest Americans to provide extra assistance. This is an excellent, understandable book on a critical topic and should be required reading for students and participants in public policy as well as those who doubt the problem of world poverty can be solved.
"The End of Poverty" is a gripping read... Sachs argues that extreme poverty can be obliterated altogether by 2025. -- The Guardian
...Sachs has attempted to construct a new way of looking at the plight of the world's poorest people... -- Time, March 14, 2005
Book and man are brilliant, passionate, optimistic and impatient.... Outstanding. -- The Economist
Sachs writes as passionately as he speaks. -- BusinessWeek, April 11, 2005
The informative and impassioned work is highly recommended for all libraries. -- Library Journal, starred review, May 1, 2005
[Paul Wolfowitz] should read Jeffrey Sachs's compelling new book, The End of Poverty. -- Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek
Jeffrey David Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.
He is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as Director of the Earth Institute leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.
In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian honor bestowed by the Indian Government, in 2007. Sachs lectures constantly around the world and was the 2007 BBC Reith Lecturer. He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including the New York Times bestsellers Common Wealth (Penguin, 2008) and The End of Poverty (Penguin, 2005). Sachs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University.