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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers; 1st Carroll & Graf ed edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786701854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786701858
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Owen Cooney on February 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mr. Goldsmith was a private equity billionaire who made his fortune buying companies and assets from developed and developing countries around the world. Yet despite this success, his book openly questions the notion of unfettered global markets.

He describes how the shift from locally produced goods to goods produced anywhere in the world could destroy the prosperous economies of the developed world that were built up over centuries. This will happen, according to him, because global free trade will create unbridgeable divide between the rich over the ordinary people.

The rich will stay rich by investing their capital into Multinational Companies. In order to compete and make profits, these companies will exploiting ever cheaper sources of labour in developing countries.

In the other hand, the ordinary people in developed countries will lose their jobs because the cost of their salaries are too expensive in a global economy that include 4 billion people wiling to work for "almost nothing".

Mr. Goldsmith not only lays out arguments against global free trade. He also gives his rationale for why industrial agriculture and nuclear power are bad ideas. While many see these three issues as defining visions of modern progress, Mr. Goldsmith, suggests that there is a dangerous "inversion of values" behind these three issues. Instead of measuring progress in term of mankind's well-being and social stability, our modern industrial society has made economic growth and the development of new technologies the key goals for society. This "inversion of values" is the root cause for modern problems such as urban slums and enviromental deterioration.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
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In "The Trap," Goldsmith points out the moral bankruptcy of the neo-right's "every man for himself" (particularly men, particularly white and wealthy) world-view, and also provides a vision for the future of compassionate *and* workable politics, economics, and community. Like Robert Theobald's "Reworking Success," or Thom Hartmann's "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" (all highly recommended and available on amazon.com), Goldsmith courageously confronts us with the problems we face and offers realistic solutions. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mike on January 29, 2011
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The book was written in 1994 and everything in it has either come true or is still becoming true. Really quick read to get insight into why our would is the way it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max Headroom on July 6, 2013
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In this book the late Sir James Goldsmith, who had lived most of his life as a businessman, from what I understand, relatively detached from politics, lays forth a stunningly accurate criticism of central government planning, globalization, international free trade and development.

Without endeavoring to paraphrase his arguments, I will instead say that the book, along with his interview on the Charlie Rose Show which can be found online, are required viewing for anyone with a gut feeling that the lines we have been fed about free trade and global development are not as logical as their proponents would have them seem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ram on January 27, 2012
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Goldsmith saw the economic storm coming but we didn't listen. I recently discovered this book after watching a 1995 Charlie Rose interview with Goldsmith. I had never heard of Goldsmith and his name and work were never discussed when the collapse of 2007/8 began.
Watch the interview (on YouTube), read the book, and then ponder how blind many were to the implications of GATT or the cost and risk of nuclear energy. His ideas seem romantic within the context of today's economic mess, but when you see Goldsmith face off with Laura Tyson it is apparent this was a very thoughtful man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Jewett on October 11, 2012
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This is a tremendous book that (when originally written) anticipated the world we live in today. The author spends some considerable effort on analyzing the (future) effects of the so-called free trade agreements that the U.S. signed up to - he correctly predicted the destruction of western economies. Guess what? We're seeing his predictions unfold now!

This guy really nailed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Adams on September 17, 2012
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I had never even heard of this book until recently. My friend had a copy and lent it to me to read. I could not put it down after I started to read it. This book was written in 1994 and laid out the course of events that have all come true. The Great Recession was for told long before it actually happened. If you want an incite into the complex puzzle that has brought us to this point, I think you should read this book.
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