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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465029094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465029099
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus Reviews“Written to clarify important global questions, this book deserves a wide audience.”
 Jim Rogers, author of Hot Commodities and A Gift to My Children“Dambisa Moyo offers a smart primer for investors looking to make sense of the opportunities and risks in the commodity space today. You must read this book if you want to understand the reality of what's happening in the world today. I am afraid the West is going to wake up too late to prepare for the future.” 
Peter Munk, Chairman and Founder, Barrick Gold Corporation“For anyone longing to make sense of tectonic, eco-political shifts occurring in the commodities market, Winner Takes All is a fascinating and important book. By focusing her razor-sharp mind on China's central role in the new commodities rush, Moyo sheds light on and makes sense of a profound and dramatic moment in our history. Her book is a must-read." 
Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and author of The End of the Free Market“With Winner Take All, Dambisa Moyo offers a timely and provocative answer to two crucial questions: How are China’s leaders rushing to meet their country’s exploding demand for energy, and what does this mean for the rest of us? From Africa to Central Asia to Latin America, China exerts growing influence over prices for the commodities we all must buy to fuel our cars, heat our homes, and power our economies. It’s a recipe for conflict—and at a crucial moment for the future of the global economy.” Business Insider“If Moyo’s calculations are correct, we are in big trouble which makes the central premise of her book, Winner Take All, all the more arresting. . . . To western eyes, Winner Take All makes for scary reading.” Huntington News (Huntington, WV)“‘Winner Take All’ is an important book and should be read by everyone seeking to understand the importance of commodities in a world where population growth is outpacing the supply of the commodities needed to sustain life.” The Financial Times
“If we do have to face facts, Moyo is our woman. Winner Takes All would delight Gradgrind: it is peppered with nuggets and statistics, both macro and micro. One cannot accuse Moyo of failing to do her homework. So much has been packed into it that her book is impossible to read without learning something. . . . [Winner Takes All] is a warning of crippling resource scarcity.” The Irish Examiner
“In summary, Moyo’s argument is a captivating read based on many facts and independent reports but one which also reflects an externalised view considering that Dambisa Moyo has her origins in Lusaka, Zambia. If you want to know why certain things will happen then read this book today.”
Bloomberg News

“[Moyo’s] sharp perceptions and lucid exposition merit the jacket blurb from Jim Rogers. ‘You must read this book if you want to understand the reality of what’s happening in the world today,’ says the investor who co-founded Quantum Fund with George Soros. ‘I’m afraid the West is going to wake up too late to prepare for the future.’” USA Today
“Provocative — largely due to its gloomy vision of the future. . . . Though just 272 pages, Winner Take All is replete with illuminating facts and figures—including nuggets of information that keep the pages turning. . . . Thoroughly researched and alarmingly convincing, Winner Take All should serve as a warning of what might be in store down the road.” Nature
“[Moyo] pulls no punches in this investigation of China’s global ‘shopping spree’ for resources.” MoneyWeek (UK)
“Moyo’s aim is not so much to impress us with the well-worn thesis most have read before – that China is industrialising at a breakneck rate. Rather, she aims in part to frighten; in its quest to satisfy the rising demands of 1.3 billion people, China is starting to exert an iron grip on the commodities market.” Jonathan Fenby, The Observer/The Guardian (UK)
“This book's overall message is one which certainly deserves greater attention that it generally receives.” The Independent (UK)
“She tells this story from a different perspective than most writers of the West, for she does see things in part from the standpoint of Africa.” John Gibbs Blog
“The book is both thought-provoking and instructive, even for readers who do not agree with the scarcity scenarios.”

Steven W. Mosher, The Washington Times
“All over the world, China is snapping up mines, agricultural land and oil fields at a frenetic pace, often paying more — considerably more — than the going rate. The sheer scale of its purchases is astonishing.” Asian Review of Books
“[A] warning call by a celebrity intellectual, Winner Take All serves a useful purpose.” Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
“While at heart a book of facts and figures, it is a warning to western governments and a source of valuable information to investors about where to hedge the commodity dollar of the future.” Globe and Mail (Canada)
“Moyo, a youthful emerging superstar among global-economy mavens, is… not afraid of controversy, as in her new book, a portrait of a world of shrinking resources and potential clashes over them: water, arable land, energy supplies.”
China Economic Review
Winner Take All is impressive in its scope, ranging from the current state of global resource demand and trends in Chinese acquisitions to how commodity trading works and future trends in the demand and supply of resources.”

The NationWinner Take All, Dambisa Moyo’s new book on China’s role in the current global resource race, is a… call to arms against a country that she sees as cannibalizing the world’s resources while others foolishly sleep.” ExpatChn.com (Shanghai)“Winner Take All is well-researched and chock-full of information about the global commodities market. It’s an important and worthwhile…ead that provides context for many current events and our world economy—and if Moyo’s predictions turn out to be accurate, it will shed light on future political issues, too.” Journal of International Affairs“The story of China’s remarkable transformation over the past 30 years from an impoverished agrarian society into the world’s second largest economy has been extensively documented. Less attention, however, has been given to the consequences of the country’s breakneck growth rates on global commodity supply and demand…. Moyo’s book offers a useful primer on the policies China has adopted to satisfy its commodity demand, and the consequences of these policies for the rest of the world.”
iTV-Asia
“[Moyo] does her homework, takes no one’s word as gospel, considers all sides and makes a very persuasive and troubling case for the Chinese approach to resource security.”

e-International Relations
“Moyo’s book is equally at pains to point out that China’s relentless quest for economic growth, through domestic development and as global manufacturer, will see its claim to many non-renewable resources to increase in the future. Thus, in situating China’s shift toward a market economy as part of a set of larger, international problems, which extend beyond the narrow confines of nation-states, Moyo is able to shift the 'China rising' debate into one of global economic significance. In this regard, Moyo’s book can be situated within the finer tradition of 'China’s rise literature.”

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About the Author

Dambisa Moyo is an international economist and one of the world’s leading experts on macroeconomics and global affairs. She is the author of Dead Aid and How the West Was Lost, and her writing regularly appears in publications such as the Financial Times, Economist, and Wall Street Journal. She has been featured in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list and Oprah Winfrey’s “Power List” of twenty remarkable visionaries. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Oxford and a Masters from Harvard. Moyo lives in New York and London.

More About the Author

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs.

She is the author of the New York Times Bestsellers "Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa", "How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices Ahead" and "Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World".

Ms. Moyo was named by Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World", and was named to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Forum. Her work regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

She completed a doctorate in Economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance at the American University in Washington D.C..

Customer Reviews

This is one of those books I hope our leaders read.
A. Schultz
She sees clearly China's preparations for a future of scarce resources as well as the possible consequences.
James C. Bradford
On either of these two points, there may be political agreements, but no scientific evidence.
KMM

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2012
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Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World by Dambisa Moyo

"Winner Take All" is an even-handed assessment on China's race for resources and the implications this has for the rest of the world. The book's spotlight is on China's central role in the commodities dynamics. Best-selling author, international economist and a native of Zambia, Dr. Moyo has written a professional yet accessible book that tackles the following broad themes: economic implications of China's ascendency, China's growing financial reach and its implications for the workings of the global commodity markets, and the social and political implications of China's quest for resources. In general, the author succeeds in addressing the main themes through substance rather than with style and flair. This 272-page book is broken out in two parts: Part I - China's Rush for Resources and Part II - What China's Resource Rush Means for the World.

Positives:
1. Well-researched and well-written book that is accessible for the masses.
2. An even-handed book. The author seems very fair and logical. Her arguments and assessments are backed by sound economic perspectives. She's not afraid to be critical while remaining objective.
3. Dr. Moyo has the right background and great credentials to write such books. I'm also happy to see a female voice who is a native of Zambia in an otherwise male-dominated arena providing some refreshing and thought-provoking insights.
4. The author lays out early on what this book is all about and proceeds to methodically support her arguments with sound economic logic and knowledge. I like how the author considers various points of view of an issue.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 7, 2012
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Over the next several decades the world will almost certainly face global tensions arising from greater resource scarcity, according to Dambisa Moyo in this book. China is the only one of the world's great powers to focus its economic and political strategy on anticipating the considerable challenges presented by a resource-scarce future.

The book describes a range of limited resources, including arable land, water, minerals and oil, and examines the future implications for China and for the rest of the world. China is both the leading buyer of the world's resources and the main trading partner of many countries, giving it enormous economic power. Particularly in Africa, China is a significant funder of governments and infrastructure projects.

In view of the controversial nature of the author's previous books Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead, and in particular her suggestion that the US should default on its loans from China, readers may be surprised to discover that she does not take an anti-Chinese approach in this book. While some regard China's resources rush in Africa as neo-colonialist, the author says that, for the moment, China would seem to be one of the forces actively working to improve Africa and the prospects of its people. She points out that China is almost universally viewed by Africans as having a more beneficial impact on African countries than does the United States.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By foxmulder_ms on August 21, 2012
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As its tittle demonstrates this book is exaggerating the situation and blaming China (and developing world including India, Brazil etc. ) for a possible supply crisis in commodities. Two biggest blunders of the book are

1) It completely ignores that China is the biggest producer of many commodities. It produces much much more than it imports. (Anyone can google it, only significant exception is oil)

2) China is not trying to grasp the current supply of commodities, on the contrary it invests to create new suppliers in Africa, Australia and South America. This distinction is not apparent when you read the book.

Book also has very curios mistakes such as "copper in future will be less pure". I've just lol'ed to that one :)

Book has couple of good points too tough.

It clearly states that people in Africa "like" Chinese involvement because they see it as win-win situation.

Humanity needs to be much more careful with its consumption of resources especially when it comes to water and food.

Political myopia is the biggest problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude Joseph on January 24, 2013
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After Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo does not choose to rest on her laurels. Her campaign aiming at providing a better grasp of Africa's prospects in a global world continues in a more relevant and meticulous fashion. Her new book, Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What it Means for the World, is a blatant proof showing that the international success of Dead Aid was not a result of random happenstance. Dambisa Moyo is deep, her new book is very insightful; however, I argue that her thought should not got unchallenged.

In Dead Aid, Moyo is blunt. She argues that the cause of Africa's precarious conditions is aid, mainly concessional (non-emergency) loans and grants. Over the years, $1 trillion of development aid went to Africa from Western governments through a variety of channels. But, Africa has not been better off. Hence, aid, according to Moyo, is the cause of poverty in Africa.

To me, this is a pretty bold statement, and I am afraid that it does suffer from a type of logical fallacy known as "the post hoc fallacy," one that confuses correlation with causation. But notwithstanding this logical shortcoming, the existing positive correlation between aid and poverty (i.e., more aid, more poverty) in Africa is suggestive. Why on earth over the past thirty years, the most aid-dependent countries, according to Moyo, have enjoyed growth rates averaging minus 0.2 per cent per annum. Between 1970 and 1998, when aid flows to Africa were at their peak, poverty increased from about 12 percent to a shocking 66 percent. Africa's real GDP per capita today is lower than that in the 1970s, "leaving many African countries at least as poor as they were forty yeas ago.[1]" Is not that a clear signal that something is amiss? Yes indeed.
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