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The Value Of Nothing Hardcover – International Edition, December 29, 2009

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'A deeply thought-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness - argued with so much humour and humanity that the enormous tasks ahead feel both doable and desirable. This is Raj Patel's great gift: he makes even the most radical ideas seem not only reasonable, but inevitable. Brilliant.' Naomi Klein --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

RAJ PATEL was educated at Oxford, the London School of E conomics and Cornell University. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland, California, a visiting researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and a visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN and been involved in international campaigns against his former employers. This is his first book. Visit Raj Patel at www.rajpatel.org.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554686229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686223
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

RAJ PATEL is a Fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (also known as Food First), a leading food think tank, and a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and The Observer, is a regular contributor to NPR and independent media outlets, and though he has worked for the World Bank, WTO and the UN, he's also been tear-gassed on four continents protesting them. Visit his website at www.rajpatel.org

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VERY important book that everyone should read. I was aware of a lot of what that was going wrong in the world, but Patel presents it in terms that easy to grasp.
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Format: Hardcover
I watched the author speak about this book on a morning Canadian TV show and it sounded interesting, so I bought it. In the interview he mentioned how a Big Mac, after adding in all the hidden costs relating to the energy and pollution costs from cow to table, is actually around $200. This part is covered in a few short pages in the book. He mentions that "Pesticide contamination, nutrient runoff and greenhouse gas emissions are compounding the environmental debt of industrialised agriculture" and I agree. This argument is expanded on somewhat. He tells the interesting story of the Volkswagen share price defying gravity during the recent economic meltdown, causing short sellers to panic and endure great losses. However,in its entirity the book is far too academic and philosophical for the average reader, in my opinion. It does make some interesting points but takes too long to make many of them.
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Format: Hardcover
Some good points in the book but I do not agree with everything he writes.
Oh yes I would give the book to my Grandchild and then start to discuss about it.
I find the book has too many examples,"verzettelt" therefore a bit confusing, and too one-sided to prove his point.
Overall: Too much to the left, yet a good and valuable book to read.
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Format: Paperback
I have no idea which 'book' some of the 'reviewers' on here have been reading.

This 'book' is a list of incoherent, rambling scenarios that have little connection to each other, let alone the title.

Raj Patel is clearly neither a writer nor an economist. This individual has got away with having a'book' published as a result of pop publishers being willing to publish anything.

This 'book' would have a higher value through if the value of paper could be considered. If I could give this 'book' -5 stars I would. It is utter nonsense.
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