This terrific book stands out for its breadth, clarity, mastery of detail, honest discussion of complex matters, and its author's practical experience and good sense. It is actually ten terrific books under one cover because its accounts of economics, history, health, development, education, gender issues, food, climate change and biological diversity are among the best available. If you want to understand the modern world, and if you have room on your shelf for only one book, this is your book. (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel)
There are very few authors that can so effectively rally the masses around an important cause―one that in this case concerns our collective future. There are still too few leaders with knowledge about global sustainable development challenges to affect the scalable changes that are needed.
Professor Sachs's book is a comprehensive summary of complex issues, but it breaks them down and makes them digestible and understandable while making the imperative clear. It will clearly contribute significantly in closing the gap between science and policy, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for action. (Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson)
An important, comprehensive and remarkably accessible book―a standout in a sea ofjargon-laden titles that fail to explain and vivify this enormously complex topic (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Sweeping, enlightening, affecting, and invaluable, The Age of Sustainable Development should be available to everyone and consulted repeatedly. (Booklist (starred review))
Clear straightforward prose and a wealth of statistics.... Sachs balances alarming forecasts with signs of progress. (Publishers Weekly)
It is truly gratifying that an economist as distinguished as Jeffrey Sachs has authored The Age of Sustainable Development. His vast knowledge in the field and deep insights on various sectors of economic activity make him uniquely qualified to provide a view of the subject. Given the fact that almost a quartercentury has gone by since the Rio Summit of 1992, it is time for an authoritative volume such as the one Professor Sachs has authored for the benefit of global society. (Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, director-general, TERI; former chairman, IPCC)
Comprehensive and crystal clear―what we need to make sustainable development a reality, not a dream. (James E. Hansen, director, Earth Institute Program in Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions)
The Age of Sustainable Development is both sobering and inspiring: sobering because it presents in great detail the unprecedented challenges facing mankind; inspiring because it assures us that we can meet those challenges, if only we summon the will to act. (Kerry Kennedy, president, RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights)
It is, in my view, the best, most comprehensive and most articulate exposition of sustainable development ever written.... I would make this book compulsory reading for all politicians and business leaders. (David Griggs Nature)
About the Author
Ban Ki-moon is the secretary-general of the United Nations, an office he assumed in 2007. He was previously the foreign minister of the Republic of Korea.