Book Reviews

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

by Paul Collier

Published on the heels of Jeffrey Sachs’ The End of Poverty and William Easterly’s White Man’s Burden, Paul Collier presents another, more balanced, view of the causes of and solutions to poverty in his book, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It. Inte ...

Reviewed by Kristin Saucier Hunger Notes December 30, 2009

The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism

by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism is very impressive indeed. This is, however, not immediately evident, a sense that is confirmed by Joseph Stiglitz’ review of the book. Even before I read it, I was certain that the Nobel laureate would highlight Klein’s attempt to make ...

Reviewed by Walden Bello Focus on the Global South November 30, 2009

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

by Barbara Ehrenreich

What can you do when you’ve got no job? Barbara Ehrenreich answers this question in detail in Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. She tells us how searching for employment is a job in itself, requiring as much time and energy as having a job, but without the compensation or social ...

Reviewed by Paula Smith-Vanderslice Hunger Notes October 30, 2009

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time

by Jeffrey Sachs

This book is an interesting and worthwhile discussion of how to help the world's poorest people. It combines an intellectual history of Sachs and how he came to understand key development factors, an introduction to economic development issues, an explanation of why the poorest people and countries need ass ...

Reviewed by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes August 15, 2009

The World’s Banker

by Sebastian Mallaby

This is a very entertaining and very informative book about international development. This book is about James Wolfensohn, the President of the World Bank, the World Bank itself, the largest institution charged with assisting the development of poorer countries, and the development challenges the Bank and W ...

Reviewed by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes July 30, 2009

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, Editors

Global Woman describes with firsthand insight the global patterns of relationships among people struggling to survive in the domestic service sector and in the illicit sex trade. The editors are among several others who have authored essays within, including Cheever, Salazar Parrenas, Hondagneu-Sotelo, Rivas ...

Reviewed by Paula Smith-Vanderslice Hunger Notes May 30, 2009

The Politics of Food

by Joel Solkoff

Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1985. Hardcover. 238 pp.ISBN: 0871568462. Reviewed by Paula Smith-Vanderslice This book may be ordered online through Hunger Notes' bookstore. This landmark bo ...

Reviewed by Paula Smith-Vanderslice May 29, 2009

Scaling Up, Scaling Down: Overcoming Malnutrition in Developing Countries

by Thomas J. Marchione, Editor

Thomas J. Marchione, Editor Gordon and Breach. 1999. Hardcover, paperback. ISBN: 9057005476 Reviewed by Steve Hansch ...

Reviewed by Steve Hansch May 25, 2009

World Hunger: 12 Myths

by Frances Moore Lappe, Joseph Collins, and Peter Rosset with Luis Esparza

by Frances Moore Lappe, Joseph Collins, and Peter Rosset with Luis Esparza 2nd edition, 1998. New York: Grove Press. pp. 270. ISBN 0-8021-3591-9 Reviewed by Leo Vox ...

Reviewed by Leo Vox May 20, 2009

Famine in Africa: Causes, Responses, and Prevention

by Joachim von Braun, Tesfaye Teklu, and Patrick Webb

By Joachim von Braun, Tesfaye Teklu, and Patrick Webb Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1998 International Food Policy Research Institute Washington D.C. Hardback, 1999. ISBN: 0801861217. Reviewed by Tom M ...

Reviewed by Tom Marchione May 13, 2009
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