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Never before have we stood to gain or lose as much from understanding the international economy. Scandals plague the world's largest corporations, the American trade deficit has soared to historic heights, and international organizations from the World Bank to the WTO are accused of being inefficient and corrupt. Is our global economy as unhealthy, and as unjust, as we thi Never before have we stood to gain or lose as much from understanding the international economy. Scandals plague the world's largest corporations, the American trade deficit has soared to historic heights, and international organizations from the World Bank to the WTO are accused of being inefficient and corrupt. Is our global economy as unhealthy, and as unjust, as we think? And what can be done about it? At this critical juncture, George Soros, a major proponent of globalization, takes to task the many institutions that have failed to keep pace with our global economy. At the same time, he offers a compelling new paradigm to bring the institutions and the economy back into necessary alignment. Economics are amoral, he argues -- but neither our society nor our economy can afford to function without a distinct system of right and wrong. As we look toward the future and wonder what's ailing our economy, where our jobs are going, and whether the power of economics can be harnessed for positive changes, this thoroughly updated edition of George Soros on Globalization is a report no citizen of the world can do without.


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Never before have we stood to gain or lose as much from understanding the international economy. Scandals plague the world's largest corporations, the American trade deficit has soared to historic heights, and international organizations from the World Bank to the WTO are accused of being inefficient and corrupt. Is our global economy as unhealthy, and as unjust, as we thi Never before have we stood to gain or lose as much from understanding the international economy. Scandals plague the world's largest corporations, the American trade deficit has soared to historic heights, and international organizations from the World Bank to the WTO are accused of being inefficient and corrupt. Is our global economy as unhealthy, and as unjust, as we think? And what can be done about it? At this critical juncture, George Soros, a major proponent of globalization, takes to task the many institutions that have failed to keep pace with our global economy. At the same time, he offers a compelling new paradigm to bring the institutions and the economy back into necessary alignment. Economics are amoral, he argues -- but neither our society nor our economy can afford to function without a distinct system of right and wrong. As we look toward the future and wonder what's ailing our economy, where our jobs are going, and whether the power of economics can be harnessed for positive changes, this thoroughly updated edition of George Soros on Globalization is a report no citizen of the world can do without.

30 review for George Soros On Globalization

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom Darrow

    This book is pretty awful. I bought it 8 or so years ago when I was in college and the "globalization" thing was a hot topic. It still is today, but this guy does a horrible job at explaining it. It's a very superficial view, which is good for beginners, but it is jam packed with TLA's (three letter acronyms), which make it nearly impossible to understand. Look elsewhere for globalization reads. This book is pretty awful. I bought it 8 or so years ago when I was in college and the "globalization" thing was a hot topic. It still is today, but this guy does a horrible job at explaining it. It's a very superficial view, which is good for beginners, but it is jam packed with TLA's (three letter acronyms), which make it nearly impossible to understand. Look elsewhere for globalization reads.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    Soros defends globalization against its detractors and explains how globalization can be tweaked to minimize some of the ill effects. Its detractors claim that the WTO and other agents for globalization neglect the poor, the environment, and social issues in their pursuit of free trade. This book was written shortly after the Seattle WTO protest and 9/11. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the war in Bosnia weigh heavily in Soros's understanding of globalization and Soros counts those republic Soros defends globalization against its detractors and explains how globalization can be tweaked to minimize some of the ill effects. Its detractors claim that the WTO and other agents for globalization neglect the poor, the environment, and social issues in their pursuit of free trade. This book was written shortly after the Seattle WTO protest and 9/11. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the war in Bosnia weigh heavily in Soros's understanding of globalization and Soros counts those republics as a missed opportunity. quote: "It can be seen that international assistance is a complicated business... Instead of a bureaucratic approach we should take an entrepreneurial one...the social consequences of an undertaking show up in a variety of lines (ways), and cannot be readily aggregated. The GNP is often used as a proxy. Judged by the standards applied in business, international assistance is bound to be inefficient. One of the reasons foreign aid has such a bad reputation in the US is that it is judged by the wrong standard." (p 69) 1. Globalization is the best path to increased wealth of all nations. 2. However, some states and individuals are losers in the globalization process. 3. To offset this more international aid needs to be given to the economic losers. 4. This is hard to do.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Soros writes remarkably concise, clear prose. He acknowledges that, like everyone else, he is better at pointing out problems than proposing solutions, but his solutions are intriguing. I cannot say that I support all of them, but I would enjoy seeing them taken up for discussion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Matheson

    Can not find "What Orwell did not know" Can not find "What Orwell did not know"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ted Heitz

    This should scare you. Now is the time to read this as Soros' map is laid out in front of us today. This should scare you. Now is the time to read this as Soros' map is laid out in front of us today.

  6. 5 out of 5

    "Beta" Marashi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Globalization help only the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and the rich destroying the middle classes. Globalist make the world believe they want to spread the wealth but not their wealth. They want to spread your wealth! Globalist goal is to spread Globalization on the western countries. De-industrialization of the western countries, major illegal immigration, and moving the countries borders! Globalization endorsed child labor, enslavement of poor countries. Globalist claim wester Globalization help only the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and the rich destroying the middle classes. Globalist make the world believe they want to spread the wealth but not their wealth. They want to spread your wealth! Globalist goal is to spread Globalization on the western countries. De-industrialization of the western countries, major illegal immigration, and moving the countries borders! Globalization endorsed child labor, enslavement of poor countries. Globalist claim western countries getting lower prices. If Ford afforded to manufacturing cars in the the low cost here in the USA, with modern technology we have today we can afforded to make almost anything in the western countries at the lower cost! Globalization will risk our jobs, and jobless and illegal immigration will rise crimes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Malik Zak

    George Soros is a great business man with a vision, however, I am giving this book 2 stars because I found it hard to comprehend many of the points in his book. He could have written the book in an easier way so that readers with different understanding level can get the idea.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Đạt Tiêu

    It's a pretty condensed book. Still some good insight from the author about globalization It's a pretty condensed book. Still some good insight from the author about globalization

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nynke Doesburg

    Very interesting view on the inequalities created by global capitalism, and a moving argument for creating a global open society. But, written in 2002, it already feels very outdated.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Gurney

    George Soros defends globalization and free trade against its critics on the Left. The rising tide lifts all boats, though he disagrees with what he disparages as "market fundamentalism". He writes, "Globalization is indeed a desirable development in many ways. Private enterprise is better at wealth creation than the state." He defends the IMF. Soros is concerned about the shortcomings of the interconnected world. Most of this book covers his very detailed proposals to assist the countries that George Soros defends globalization and free trade against its critics on the Left. The rising tide lifts all boats, though he disagrees with what he disparages as "market fundamentalism". He writes, "Globalization is indeed a desirable development in many ways. Private enterprise is better at wealth creation than the state." He defends the IMF. Soros is concerned about the shortcomings of the interconnected world. Most of this book covers his very detailed proposals to assist the countries that fail to keep up with the developed world. This book is short as Soros writes in a rather cold, sterile manner. Written in 2002, we read it now with the benefit of hindsight; Soros was right in a vague concern about global financial market instability, though not anticipating its causes (primarily housing finance in the US, Spain, Ireland and other nations) and a few thoughts turned out to be flat wrong, such as his thinking that the Euro was benefiting Europe's periphery - Spain, Italy and Ireland - while, "Germany is fast becoming the sick man of Europe." Not quite. A moderately interesting read for those who enjoy global finance and discussions of the IMF and WTO: all two of us.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    even though just written in 2002- it is already kind of dated. (think there is an updated edition) either way, i disagreed with most of his points, but still enjoyed the read because his slant wasn't obnoxious and i think he respectfully and thoroughly analyzed opposite viewpoints throughout the book. even though just written in 2002- it is already kind of dated. (think there is an updated edition) either way, i disagreed with most of his points, but still enjoyed the read because his slant wasn't obnoxious and i think he respectfully and thoroughly analyzed opposite viewpoints throughout the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    One world government and evil will surely be revealed in his hyper egotistic way. He truly believes he has godlike powers. For those of us without endless money, the evil ambition for world control is in fathomable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    I admire Soros & agree with his views but I did not enjoy this book. I needed more knowledge of economics & trade policy to understand & enjoy this book. I'll give another of his books a try. I admire Soros & agree with his views but I did not enjoy this book. I needed more knowledge of economics & trade policy to understand & enjoy this book. I'll give another of his books a try.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Batzz2

    A little dry but gives insight to Soros and his great mind.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David

    The basic ideas are relatively easy to follow although it does get pretty dense with economics (and some economic history I never knew) in the second half.

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    Pablo Torres Corpus

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    Kevin Heiner

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    Nada_mansi

  22. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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