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The Future of Money : Creating New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World
by Bernard Lietaer

A devastating analysis of how and why society depends on money. Money affects every area of life both for the individual and for business, socially, politically and economically. Clear-sighted, intellectually challenging, inspirational and controversial.

Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power
by Niall Ferguson

The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to world domination ever achieved. By the eve of World War II, around a quarter of the world's land surface was under some form of British rule. Yet for today's generation, the British Empire seems a Victorian irrelevance. The time is ripe for a reappraisal, and in Empire, Niall Ferguson boldly recasts the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernizing forces.

An important new work of synthesis and revision, Empire argues that the world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. The spread of capitalism, the communications revolution, the notion of humanitarianism, and the institutions of parliamentary democracy-all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.

Displaying the originality and rigor that have made him the brightest light among British historians, Ferguson shows that the story of the Empire is pregnant with lessons for today-in particular for the United States as it stands on the brink of a new era of imperial power, based once again on economic and military supremacy. A dazzling tour de force, Empire is a remarkable reappraisal of the prizes and pitfalls of global empire.


One World: The Ethics of Globalization

by Peter Singer

One of the world's most influential philosophers here considers the ethical issues surrounding globalization, showing how a global ethic rather than a nationalistic approach can provide illuminating answers to important problems. In a new preface, Peter Singer discusses how the recent Iraq war and its aftermath have changed the prospects for the ethical approach he advocates. Q: What was your original idea for the book? A: When people talk about globalization, they usually mean the lowering of barriers to free trade and the flow of investment. And they usually don't see these as ethical questions. I wanted to bring together several different issues that are also part of living in a more globalized world and show that they are, at their core, ethical questions. So as well as trade issues, I cover climate change, intervention across national borders to protect human rights, and aid from rich nations to poor ones. Q: Have world events in the past three years further shaped that idea and your arguments? A: Definitely. The attacks on 9/11 showed that even the mightiest power the world has never known is vulnerable to being attacked. But more significantly, the crisis over Iraq posed a choice between taking the path of international cooperation, and that of unilateral action. It was also a choice between the rule of law and the rule of force. Unfortunately, the United States made the wrong choice. Q: What do you hope the book will accomplish? A: I hope it will contribute to people seeing these questions as ethical issues and to looking at ethics from a more global-and therefore less national-perspective.

World on Fire : How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

by Amy Chua

Every few years, a book is published about America's role in the world and the changing contest of global affairs that gets everyone thinking in a new way. Amy Chua's World on Fire will have exactly that kind of impact on the debate of how the world has changed in light of the events of last September.

Apostles of globalization, such as Thomas Friedman, believe that exporting free markets and democracy to other countries will increase peace and prosperity throughout the developing world; Amy Chua is the anti-Thomas Friedman. Her book wil be a dash of cold water in the face of globalists, techno-utopians, and liberal triumphalists as she shows that just the opposite has happened: When global markets open, ethnic conflict worsens and politics turns ugly and violent.

Drawing on examples from around the world - from Africa and Asia to Russia and Latin America - Chua examines how free markets do not spread wealth evenly throughout the whole of these societies. Instead they produce a new class of extremely wealthy plutocrats - individuals as rich as nations. Almost always members of a minority group - Chinese in the Philippines, Croatians in the former Yugoslavia, whites in Latin America, Indians in East Africa, Jews in post-communist Russia - these "market-dominant minorities" have become targets of violent hatred. Adding democracy to this volatile mix unleashes supressed ethnic hatreds and brings to power ethnonationalist governments that pursue aggressive policies of confiscation and revenge. Chua further shows how individual countries are often viewed as dominant minorities, explaining the phenomena of ethnic resentment in the Arab-Israeli conflict and the rising tide of anti-American sentiment around the world. This more than anything accounts for the visceral hatred of Americans that has been expressed in recent acts of terrorism.

Bold and original, World on Fire is a perceptive examination of the far-reaching effects of exporting capitalism with democracy and its potentially catastrophic results.

High Income Consulting
by Tom Lambert

Fads, fallacies, and futilities in the practice of consulting come and go, but sustained success comes from reputation and status made concrete through invariable client delight. In this new and fully revised edition, Tom Lambert has added even more helpful advice for novice and seasoned pros alike on what the top earners do to build and sustain highly profitable professional practices.

One World: The Ethics of Globalization
by Peter Singer
Known for his original and courageous thinking on matters ranging from the treatment of animals to genetic screening, Peter Singer now turns his attention to the ethical issues surrounding globalization. In this provocative book, he challenges us to think beyond the boundaries of nation-states and consider what a global ethic could mean in today's world. Singer raises novel questions about such an ethic and, more important, he provides illuminating and practical answers.

The book encompasses four main global issues: climate change, the role of the World Trade Organization, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and foreign aid. Singer addresses each vital issue from an ethical perspective and offers alternatives to the state-centric approach that characterizes international theory and relations today. Posing a bold challenge to narrow or nationalistic views, Singer presents a realistic, new way of looking at contemporary global issues-through a prism of ethics.


Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

by Niall Ferguson

At its peak in the nineteenth century, the British Empire was the largest empire ever known, governing roughly a quarter of the world's population. In Empire, Niall Ferguson explains how "an archipelago of rainy islands... came to rule the world," and examines the costs and consequences, both good and bad, of British imperialism. Though the book's breadth is impressive, it is not intended to be a comprehensive history of the British Empire; rather, Ferguson seeks to glean lessons from this history for future, or present, empires--namely America. Pointing out that the U.S. is both a product of the British Empire as well as an heir to it, he asks whether America - an "empire in denial" - should "seek to shed or to shoulder the imperial load it has inherited." As he points out in this fascinating book, there is compelling evidence for both.

Observing that "the difficulty with the achievements of empire is that they are much more likely to be taken for granted than the sins of empire," Ferguson stresses that the British did do much good for humanity in their quest for domination: promotion of the free movement of goods, capital, and labor and a common rule of law and governance chief among them. "The question is not whether British imperialism was without blemish. It was not. The question is whether there could have been a less bloody path to modernity," he writes. The challenge for the U.S., he argues, is for it to use its undisputed power as a force for positive change in the world and not to fall into some of the same traps as the British before them.

Covering a wide range of topics, including the rise of consumerism (initially fueled by a desire for coffee, tea, tobacco, and sugar), the biggest mass migration in history (20 million emigrants between the early 1600s and the 1950s), the impact of missionaries, the triumph of capitalism, the spread of the English language, and globalization, this is a brilliant synthesis of various topics and an extremely entertaining read. - Shawn Carkonen



by N. Gregory Mankiw

The #1 best-selling intermediate macroeconomics book, Mankiw's masterful text covers the field as accessibly and concisely as possible, in a way that emphasizes the relevance of both macroeconomics's classical roots and its current practice. The fifth edition has been updated to deal with our ever-changing world, including the economic slowdown of 2001 - associated at first with the end of the stock market boom and then with the terrorist attack of September 11 - which has once again put business cycle theory at center stage.

Principles of Macroeconomics

by N. Gregory Mankiw

World Development Report 2003: Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World: Transforming Institutions, Growth, and Quality of Life

by The World Bank

The World Development Report 2003 addresses how to lift from poverty the three billion people now living in severe deprivation. It also explores how to improve the quality of life for everybody today and for the two billion more who will join mankind in the next thirty years. Substantial increases in growth and productivity will be necessary to achieve this goal. The current scale of economic activity and speed of change is such that ecosystem and social structures cannot keep up. The Report puts forth two main messages: the first point is that enhancing prosperity and reducing poverty requires better care of the planet's ecosystem and social fabric. And secondly, that stronger collective action at all levels - from local to global - is essential for generating and scaling up the institutions that can transform growth.

Globalization, Growth, and Poverty: Building an Inclusive World Economy (World Bank Policy Research Report)

by Paul Collier (Editor), David Dollar (Editor), World Bank

Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

by Jeffrey D. Sachs, B. Felipe Larrain

Takes an open economy approach to macroeconomics, and includes macro theory at work in Russia, Poland, and Bolivia.

Reliable Financial Reporting and Internal Control: A Global Implementation Guide

by Dimitris N. Chorafas

The United States already has the most stringent financial reporting requirements in the world due to its Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Now financial institutions must also contend with the global impact of new stipulations regarding auditing and reporting practices. This book provides comprehensive guidance as to what companies should now be doing to make their financial reporting more efficient and reliable, and illustrates how a sound internal control policy - based on the work of the Treadway Commission and the COSO report - will be a requirement for the organization that wants to compete in the evolving global marketplace. Based on months of research by the author, Reliable Financial Reporting and Internal Control brings together three issues crucial to risk management:
Internal control and international accounting standards
Reliable financial reporting as defined by COSO
The New Capital Adequacy Framework by the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision

Also covered is the work accomplished by the Federal Reserve and the International Organizations of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Here is a must-have guide for CFOs, controllers, and other corporate financial personnel in multinational companies and other companies who do business globally, as well as internal and external auditors, bank managers, and brokers.

Global Political Economy: Understanding the International Economic Order

by Robert Gilpin, Jean M. Gilpin

This book is the eagerly awaited successor to Robert Gilpin's 1987 The Political Economy of International Relations, the classic statement of the field of international political economy that continues to command the attention of students, researchers, and policymakers. The world economy and political system have changed dramatically since the 1987 book was published. The end of the Cold War has unleashed new economic and political forces, and new regionalisms have emerged. Computing power is increasingly an impetus to the world economy, and technological developments have changed and are changing almost every aspect of contemporary economic affairs. Gilpin's Global Political Economy considers each of these developments. Reflecting a lifetime of scholarship, it offers a masterful survey of the approaches that have been used to understand international economic relations and the problems faced in the new economy.
Robert Gilpin is the Eisenhower Professor of Public and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including The Political Economy of International Relations and The Challenge of Global Capitalism: The World Economy in the Twenty-First Century (both Princeton).

Islamic Finance in the Global Economy

by Ibrahim A. Warde

In the past decade, Islamic finance has grown at rates exceeding 20% a year. It is now a $200 billion industry, with operations in over 70 countries. This book explains the paradox of a system rooted in the medieval era thriving in the global economy. It traces the evolution of Islamic finance, explores its significance from a historical and comparative perspective, and considers the strategic, marketing, managerial, political, economic, regulatory and cultural challenges faced by Islamic institutions. Based on rigorous academic research as well as considerable empirical work, this authoritative book is set to become an invaluable reference work for all those with an interest in Islamic and Middle Eastern economics, business and finance.
Ibrahim Warde is lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and an international consultant specializing in global economics and finance.

Global Political Economy: Theory and Practice (2nd Edition)

by Theodore H. Cohn

New discussions of the role of civil society groups in IPE throughout the book. Particular emphasis is placed on non-governmental groups concerned with womens, environmental, labor and development issues.
Expanded discussion of global economic relations before World War II (Ch. 2).
Expanded and updated discussion of European monetary relations and also the role of the U.S. dollar and 'dollarization' (Ch. 6).
Substantially updated discussions of strategies to deal with the protracted problem of LDC (less-developed country) foreign debt (Ch. 7).
Substantially revised discussion of the World Trade Organization, including Chinas admission, the decision to hold a new round of mulitlateral trade negotiations, and the protests/interactions of civil society groups and the WTO (Ch. 8).
Discussion of regional trade organizations now includes detailed analysis of Mercosur, efforts to establish a Free Trade Area in the Americas, and efforts to develop regional trade agreements in East and Southeast Asia (Ch. 9).
Discussions of multinational corporations in Chapter 10 and of LDC development strategies in Chapter 11 are substantially updated.
A unique characteristic of the book is that it gives equal coverage to the 3 main theoretical perspectives in IPE.
Emphasizes the role of international economic organizations-such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank group-in the management of the global political economy.
Emphasis on regional as well as global relations. A full chapter (Ch. 9) is devoted to regionalism and globalism in trade, and regionalism is also discussed in the chapters on monetary relations and international development.
Offers detailed discussion of the challenges posed by multinational corporations and the freeing of capital flows.
Provides a detailed historical examination of shifting strategies to promote economic development.
Extensive use of tables and figures throughout text illustrate data for students helping them to learn concepts.
In addition to illustrative tables and examples, there is also a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of acronyms and abbreviations to help students learn.

Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth

by Lester R. Brown

Eco-Economy provides a vision of an environmentally sustainable economy along with a roadmap on how to get from here to there.

Globalization and Its Discontents

by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Due to massive media coverage, many people are familiar with the controversy and organized resistance that globalization has generated around the world, yet explaining what globalization actually means in practice is a complicated task. For those wanting to learn more, this book is an excellent place to start. An experienced economist, Joseph Stiglitz had a brilliant career in academia before serving for four years on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors and then three years as chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank. His book clearly explains the functions and powers of the main institutions that govern globalization--the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization--along with the ramifications, both good and bad, of their policies. He strongly believes that globalization can be a positive force around the world, particularly for the poor, but only if the IMF, World Bank, and WTO dramatically alter the way they operate, beginning with increased transparency and a greater willingness to examine their own actions closely. Of his time at the World Bank, he writes, "Decisions were made on the basis of what seemed a curious blend of ideology and bad economics, dogma that sometimes seemed to be thinly veiling special interests.... Open, frank discussion was discouraged--there was no room for it." The book is not entirely critical, however: "Those who vilify globalization too often overlook its benefits," Stiglitz writes, explaining how globalization, along with foreign aid, has improved the living standards of millions around the world. With this clear and balanced book, Stiglitz has contributed significantly to the debate on this important topic. - Shawn Carkonen

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