Outstanding study of the drivers of globalization,
This review is from: A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalization (Hardcover)
Exhaustively researched and thoroughly considered, A Future Perfect tries to communicate the "other view" of globalization, that of the economists and businesspeople who see its benefits to society. By presenting both sides of the story, then rebutting the anti-globalization viewpoint, Micklethwait and Woolridge nearly achieve their goal of proving globalization is a net positive to the world. Their understandable reluctance to prove many of the conclusions reached due to space and complexity considerations is the only frustrating aspect of this book -- the reader is ultimately left in the same position she started in: supportive of or repulsed by globalization.
That being said, the book is an incredibly rich discussion of the bewildering complexity of globalization. For someone not involved in the intimate details of the subject, the glimpses into the IMF, WTO, UN, national governments, and various other NGOs are fascinating, breathing life into a world only hinted at in news reports and magazine articles.
For anyone who really cares about the political and economic development path of the next 20 years (especially in light of the recent WTC bombings), and has not kept up with the leading edge of debate on the subject, this book is indispensable.