- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (November 8, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226066444
- ISBN-13: 978-0226066448
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank Paperback – November 8, 1997
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"Aren't all Bangladeshis poor?" you ask. No. There is wealth. But there are also tens of millions of families so impoverished that one cannot begin to understand the depth and breadth of their deprivation without actually visiting this tropical nation or coming to know some of these people through a book such as this.
Bornstein writes in a painterly way. His stories, both sad and glad, weave a mesmerizing pattern of the richness of Bangladeshi life amid trying circumstances. How people cope, how they react to successes and disasters, how they work to pull themselves up economically and socially: every thread is pulled through the loom in due course to render a true and clear representation of lives on the ragged edge. Thanks to loans from Grameen, millions of families have been able to hem that edge, one stitch at a time, to finish off their piece of cloth.
For his part, Yunus, speaking as the economics professor he once was, declares, "Credit is a powerful weapon, and anyone possessing this weapon is certainly better equipped to maneuver the forces around him to his advantage." (p. 228)
Micro-credit empowers the unempowered. No one describes that process better than David Bornstein. The Price of a Dream will open your eyes to the possibility of minimizing the indignity of poverty in our lifetime, if not eliminate it altogether. Every beautiful tapestry starts with a single thread. Even if that first thread is mere hope, it's a worthy place to begin.
EVERY person that is interested in Economics, Development or in Bangladesh MUST read this book-- a true testament to human achievement!
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Intended for an audience unfamiliar with micro-finance, this book offers an easily readable history of the Grameen Bank and the potential for loaning to poor women. Read morePublished on April 10, 2004 by J. Jacobs
This is the best book Ive ever read. I'm an international banker of Banladeshi origin working for one of the worlds biggest bank. Read morePublished on March 4, 2004 by O. F. Rahim
This is a great book & I recommend it to anyone interested in development in third world countries. Ought to find its way onto a few economics course booklists I hope. Read morePublished on February 2, 2002