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"Informative and accessible, penetrating and provocative, his book is a first-rate guide to global trends… Readers of Outrageous Fortunes are likely to conclude that they have learned some important things about a global economy that will have an ever-more profound impact on their lives."—NPR.org
"Bold… Interesting."—The Economist
"Amid all the handwringing on the downward trajectory of the global economy comes this cool, collected, and sensible view of forthcoming economic trends… Altman delivers more than mere analysis or foreshadowing: this is revelatory reading for even the most casual observer of economics, and an invaluable tool for reconsidering how the world makes money."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Interesting thought experiments."—Kirkus Reviews
"If the past two years have taught us anything, it is the importance of counterintuitive thinking. Daniel Altman boldly ventures into the deep drivers of global change to uncover the unintended consequences of our current policies—regarding China, global trade, American jobs, and much more. Anyone who wants to get smart on globalization’s fate must read this book."
--Parag Khanna, author of The Second World and How to Run the World
"With so many new books offering autopsies of the financial crisis and the deepest recession since World War II, it’s a blessing that Daniel Altman has his eyes firmly fixed on risks and opportunities in the road ahead. He brings together a series of compelling predictions, and though readers may not agree with every element of his forecasts, all will be better informed for having read his book."
--Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and author of The End of the Free Market and The J Curve
"With all the attention being lavished on the short-run gyrations of the economy, it is refreshing to see a book that focuses on the long run. Daniel Altman is brave enough to make predictions about what will happen to the world economy twenty or thirty years from now. His analysis is thoughtful and compelling and should be required reading for those interested in creating a better world for our offspring."
--Hal R. Varian, chief economist at Google and professor of business, economics, and information management at the University of California, Berkeley
"Daniel Altman has something to tell you: the world may not turn out the way Thomas Friedman expects. Outrageous Fortunes is provocative, fast-moving, authoritative, and imaginative. Expect the unexpected."
--Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life
Altman has a uncanny perspective of the global economical future. Some of his opinions are happening just as he envisioned. Great Read.Published 13 months ago by Hawk
This book is so simpleminded and derivative that it offers nothing to a regular reader of newspapers. Very frequently, what it offers is outdated or absurdly inane. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Zhao Huang
A terrific read. Whether you agree with everything the author says or not, it makes you think about the various topics in a different light. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by EThomlinson
NYU Professor, Daniel Altman offers up 12 'surprising' trends that will reshape the global economy in mostly, very easy to understand hypothesis and rationalization. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Sibelius
I started getting excited about the book at the very beginning with the chapter "China will get richer, and then it will get poorer again. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Glenn Corey
This book is thought provoking, bold and well written. The feel for history and the future it gives is realistic and the arguments logical and not polemic. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Rob Julian
I listened to the audio version of this book.
This might be a book that is worthy of your time if this is your first foray into this area of study. Read more
Daniel Altman received his doctorate in economics from Harvard University and teaches at the New York University Stern School of Business. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Laurence J. Stybel