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News Release - March 1, 2005:

"Extreme poverty can be ended, not in the time of our grandchildren, but our time." Thus forecasts Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, whose twenty-five years of experience observing the world from many vantage points has helped him shed light on the most vital issues facing our planet: the causes of poverty, the role of rich-country policies, and the very real possibilities for a poverty-free future. Deemed "the most important economist in the world" by The New York Times Magazine and "the world's best-known economist" by Time magazine, Sachs brings his considerable expertise to bear in the landmark The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, his highly anticipated blueprint for world-wide economic success — a goal, he argues, we can reach in a mere twenty years. more...


“Professor Sachs has provided a compelling blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty from the world by 2025. Sachs’s analysis and proposals are suffused with all the practical experience of his twenty years in the field—working in dozens of countries across the globe to foster economic development and well-being.”

—George Soros,
financier and philanthropist

"Sachs proposes a many-pronged, needs-based attack...that is eminently practical and minimally pipe-dreamy...A solid, reasonable argument in which the dismal science offers a brightening prospect for the world's poor."

—Kirkus reviews

"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."


"Jeffrey Sachs is that rare phenomenon: an academic economist famous for his theories about why some countries are poor and others rich, and also famous for his successful practical work in helping poor countries become richer. In this longawaited, fascinating, clearly and movingly written book, he distills his experience to propose answers to the hard choices now facing the world."

—Jared Diamond,
Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse

"...a landmark book... If there is any one work to put extreme poverty back onto the global agenda, this is it."

—Publisher's Weekly starred review

"Book and man are brilliant, passionate, optimistic and impatient. "

—The Economist




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The End of Poverty: A Lecture and Book Signing with Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Earth Institute presents a lecture and book signing for Jeffrey D. Sachs's new book, "The End of Poverty: Economic Possiblities for Our Time."

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