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The global economy, on which the world now depends more than ever, is in crisis. The Russian economy has collapsed, leading to punishing inflation and economic hardship. Scores of Japanese banks are in ruin while the Japanese government muddles along, the nation falling deeper and deeper into recession. The once-booming economies of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have i The global economy, on which the world now depends more than ever, is in crisis. The Russian economy has collapsed, leading to punishing inflation and economic hardship. Scores of Japanese banks are in ruin while the Japanese government muddles along, the nation falling deeper and deeper into recession. The once-booming economies of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have imploded. Brazil and the rest of Latin America has begun to edge toward the precipice, and even in Europe and America the markets lurch violently, wiping out gains with each passing week. No one is better positioned to explain the current global financial crisis than George Soros, the man Morgan Stanley head Barton Biggs calls "the finest analyst of the world in our time." In The Crisis of Global Capitalism, Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management (whose Quantum Fund is considered to have been the best performing investment fund in the world over the past thirty years), dissects the current crisis and economic theory in general, revealing how theoretical assumptions have combined with human behavior to lead to today's mess. He shows how unquestioning faith in market forces blinds us to crucial instabilities, and how those instabilities have chain-reacted to cause the current crisis—a crisis that has the potential to get much, much worse. Offering brilliant solutions to the global meltdown, based on years of Soros's own experience as a financier and philanthropist, this is essential reading for anyone involved with the new economy—that is, all of us.


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The global economy, on which the world now depends more than ever, is in crisis. The Russian economy has collapsed, leading to punishing inflation and economic hardship. Scores of Japanese banks are in ruin while the Japanese government muddles along, the nation falling deeper and deeper into recession. The once-booming economies of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have i The global economy, on which the world now depends more than ever, is in crisis. The Russian economy has collapsed, leading to punishing inflation and economic hardship. Scores of Japanese banks are in ruin while the Japanese government muddles along, the nation falling deeper and deeper into recession. The once-booming economies of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have imploded. Brazil and the rest of Latin America has begun to edge toward the precipice, and even in Europe and America the markets lurch violently, wiping out gains with each passing week. No one is better positioned to explain the current global financial crisis than George Soros, the man Morgan Stanley head Barton Biggs calls "the finest analyst of the world in our time." In The Crisis of Global Capitalism, Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management (whose Quantum Fund is considered to have been the best performing investment fund in the world over the past thirty years), dissects the current crisis and economic theory in general, revealing how theoretical assumptions have combined with human behavior to lead to today's mess. He shows how unquestioning faith in market forces blinds us to crucial instabilities, and how those instabilities have chain-reacted to cause the current crisis—a crisis that has the potential to get much, much worse. Offering brilliant solutions to the global meltdown, based on years of Soros's own experience as a financier and philanthropist, this is essential reading for anyone involved with the new economy—that is, all of us.

55 review for The Crisis Of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

    One of Cambridge Sustainability's Top 50 Books for Sustainability, as voted for by our alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world. To find out more, click here. The Crisis of Global Capitalism warns that global stability is threatened by the emergence of market fundamentalism - the belief that the common interest is best served by individual decision-making, and that any attempt to maintain the common interest through government intervention distorts the market mechanism. ' One of Cambridge Sustainability's Top 50 Books for Sustainability, as voted for by our alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world. To find out more, click here. The Crisis of Global Capitalism warns that global stability is threatened by the emergence of market fundamentalism - the belief that the common interest is best served by individual decision-making, and that any attempt to maintain the common interest through government intervention distorts the market mechanism. 'It is market fundamentalism,' Soros insists, 'that has rendered the global capitalist system unsound and unsustainable.' Soros belives that the development of a global economy has not been matched by the development of a global society. International law and international institutions, insofar as they exist, are not strong enough to prevent war or the large-scale abuse of human rights in individual countires. Ecological threats are not adequately dealt with. And global financial markets, which are inherently unstable and do not care about social and environmetal needs, are largely behond the control of national or international authorities.

  2. 5 out of 5

    TarasProkopyuk

    В книге "Кризис мирового капитализма: открытое сообщество в опасности" Джорджем Соросом рассмотрены проблемы капитализма в современном мире и выложены мысли как избавится от них, что является их основной проблемой и как построить работающее "открытое общество" о идеи которого он весьма заботится. Сорос довольно весомая личность не только как инвестор и финансист с мировым именем, а и как политик вне политики и филантроп. Хотя за пределами данной книги его личность часто высвечивается сугубо как В книге "Кризис мирового капитализма: открытое сообщество в опасности" Джорджем Соросом рассмотрены проблемы капитализма в современном мире и выложены мысли как избавится от них, что является их основной проблемой и как построить работающее "открытое общество" о идеи которого он весьма заботится. Сорос довольно весомая личность не только как инвестор и финансист с мировым именем, а и как политик вне политики и филантроп. Хотя за пределами данной книги его личность часто высвечивается сугубо как циничного спекулянта и также часто в неблагоприятном для него свете. Книга весьма интересная, хотя и будет несколько сложная для тех у кого нет финансового или экономического образования, поскольку часто изобилует множественной терминологией, особенно финансовой.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rudyard L.

    Got about 2/3 through, Soros predicted the reasoning behind the 2008 financial crisis quite well. His critique of modern financial capitalism is quite good. However, this book as a total is an incoherent Panegyric and is a vehicle for self praise. The book has little central theme and winds around incoherently. He uses every opportunity to brag about his various philanthropies and the 1998 financial crisis, which he paints as a great turning point in history but was in fact a minor event where h Got about 2/3 through, Soros predicted the reasoning behind the 2008 financial crisis quite well. His critique of modern financial capitalism is quite good. However, this book as a total is an incoherent Panegyric and is a vehicle for self praise. The book has little central theme and winds around incoherently. He uses every opportunity to brag about his various philanthropies and the 1998 financial crisis, which he paints as a great turning point in history but was in fact a minor event where he just made a lot of money. I feel like this book is a combination of selling to George Soros fanboys who will buy anything he writes and an opportunity for him to brag.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peng Gao

    Useful to read in the washroom Good easy reading that tells a historic perspective Has a few ideas but overly exploited to paper thin The lack of evidence means one must not take it as a product of serious thoughts, only the remnants or skeleton of some such

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rolf Von

    Soros (irrespective of what one thinks of him), gave the world a clear warning 20 years ago - of the mess that is about to unfold and the causal factors that would cause the unwinding. One could argue that it was in the best interests of anyone with such wealth to warn against things that would cause an end to the power structures as they currently exist... however the book came across as simple, genuine concern for our plight. The messages it contains are probably as relevant as ever. The solut Soros (irrespective of what one thinks of him), gave the world a clear warning 20 years ago - of the mess that is about to unfold and the causal factors that would cause the unwinding. One could argue that it was in the best interests of anyone with such wealth to warn against things that would cause an end to the power structures as they currently exist... however the book came across as simple, genuine concern for our plight. The messages it contains are probably as relevant as ever. The solutions now require an order of magnitude more sophistication. Distributed ledger technology was still a decade away when this went to print.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Camilo Zuluaga Borda

    Este libro hace ciertas criticas a la falta de gestión en los mercados financieros por parte de las instituciones públicas. Deja claro que el mercado no es eficiente y requiere regulaciones para evitar las burbujas. Me pareció de lectura muy técnica y algo pretenciosa, ya que hace varias críticas a la forma en que se han abordado ciertas problemáticas, sin embargo las propuestas que el autor hace solo han sido contrastadas en su laboratorio financiero e ignora la parte política, que es la que fin Este libro hace ciertas criticas a la falta de gestión en los mercados financieros por parte de las instituciones públicas. Deja claro que el mercado no es eficiente y requiere regulaciones para evitar las burbujas. Me pareció de lectura muy técnica y algo pretenciosa, ya que hace varias críticas a la forma en que se han abordado ciertas problemáticas, sin embargo las propuestas que el autor hace solo han sido contrastadas en su laboratorio financiero e ignora la parte política, que es la que finalmente impera en los mercados.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    This book was one of my first routes into my introduction into the world of economics. Having studied Japanese, was inadvertently found financial politics coming into focus. I have ever since, grown interest in these subject. George Soros is a very interesting individual, and a man with vast, perhaps unmatched experience.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rakesh Awasthi

    Showing the mirror, straight from the Insider.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michel Arzt

    It seems to over complicate ideas.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bob Kennedy

    A globalist and a marxist approaching a subject me knows nothing about.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lucía Vijil Saybe

    Un multimillonario magnate que sentó las bases en sus empresas para poder "analizar" el sistema donde las creó. Reconoce las fallas en el capitalismo, pero no lo destruye, que ahí mismo planteó la manera de salvar al capitalismo de su crisis global. Puntos importantes, reconocer la flexibilidad y la falibilidad en un sistema de mercado libre que no es perfecto. Preocupado por la cuestión de los valores, donde afirma que la escuela clásica de Smith se ha involucrado en asuntos que no le competen Un multimillonario magnate que sentó las bases en sus empresas para poder "analizar" el sistema donde las creó. Reconoce las fallas en el capitalismo, pero no lo destruye, que ahí mismo planteó la manera de salvar al capitalismo de su crisis global. Puntos importantes, reconocer la flexibilidad y la falibilidad en un sistema de mercado libre que no es perfecto. Preocupado por la cuestión de los valores, donde afirma que la escuela clásica de Smith se ha involucrado en asuntos que no le competen el mercado (sistemas de organización, colectividades hasta sentimientos). Además, dice que una economía de libre mercado es cualquier cosa menos una comunidad, por lo que descarta la idea de la comunidad internacional por las diferencias políticas que no consolida el capitalismo. La crisis del capitalismo es causada por patologías inherentes al sistemas finaciero internacional y una vez más, se ridiculiza a los defensores del mercado buscando "equilibrio" que dice, NO EXISTE.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ice Bear

    Do we ever learn, no ! Written in 1997, probably not much altered in 2008. An interesting theory almost to the point of saying complexity makes all theories redundant. I understood the practical application rather than the theorising. The concept of Open society is interesting but still too me seems to market driven, prefer the socialist european models. But the point is that all models can be corrupted.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Greed

    reading at the moment. Links to Karl Popper's Open Society Heavy but fascinating stuff reading at the moment. Links to Karl Popper's Open Society Heavy but fascinating stuff

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martin Lopo

    Lo trajo a colacion, la funcion "importar"... ahi qeuda, de la epoca anterior casi a facebook.. jaja , fragmentos de algo qeu no se podra completar... la biblioteca.. Lo trajo a colacion, la funcion "importar"... ahi qeuda, de la epoca anterior casi a facebook.. jaja , fragmentos de algo qeu no se podra completar... la biblioteca..

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    Soros should continue to be a fund manager and stop writing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    In conservative circles, George Soros is a candidate for the anti-Christ. I'm reading this book to form my own opinion of his ideas. In conservative circles, George Soros is a candidate for the anti-Christ. I'm reading this book to form my own opinion of his ideas.

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