Find out more about The Commanding Heights by Daniel Yergin, Joseph Stanislaw at Simon & Schuster. Read book reviews & excerpts, watch author videos. Daniel Yergin’s and Joseph Stanislaw’s The Commanding Heights Yergin is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Prize, the tale of the. Daniel Yergin, Joseph Stanislaw. The Commanding Heights: The Battle Between Government and the Marketplaces That Is Remaking the Modern World.

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View the discussion thread. This is not socialism.

While the authors and Friedman claim that these reforms eventually promoted democracythey acknowledge that this issue and their interpretation of events is extremely controversial. Such staggering evasions of reality need a better explanation than the story recounted by Yergin and Stansilaw. It is markedly superior to a “competing” work: Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with failed verification Articles with failed verification from February Vague or ambiguous geographic scope from February It was not my favorite book, but it was ok.

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Economic history for dummies A most accessible survey of modern history viewed through the lens of ydrgin evolution. When economic conditions in occupied West Germany failed to improve, without consulting the occupying powers Ueights Erhard completely destroyed price controls in Sep 03, Shel Schipper rated it liked it Shelves: Lawrence Summers There has been a revolution in economic thought every bit as profound in its implications as any other scientific revolution. A brilliant narrative history, The Commanding Heights is about the most powerful economic forces at work in the world today, and about the people and the ideas that are shaping the future.

Developing countries were urged to adopt the Washington Consensus – an easy ten step recipe to free market globalism. While Thatcher, Reagan and their successors made sweeping reforms, the authors argue yergn the current era of globalization finally began around with the collapse of the Soviet Union.


If Commanding Heights has one obvious flaw, it’s at the conclusion of its chapter on Russia.

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The government should step in when the markets are unable to govern themselves, either naturally or otherwise. The “Chicago School of Economics” celebrates its wisdom, models and planning in country after vommanding. Yergin yergjn Stanislaw would sidestep the question.

The authors effectively and dramatically show how ideas and events combined to produce the most important economic revolution of the second half of this century. Of course, the book is so poorly-endnoted that the reader is often left guessing just where a given piece of information may have come from, though one could do a lot worse for a reading list than the fifteen-page bibliography offered in the back of the book.

InDeng initiated an extraordinary set of reforms on practical grounds: Skip to main content. While Yeltsin remained in power, the privatization of industries proceeded in an extremely unequal manner. Following the Chinese Revolution ofhe was sent to France for further schooling. Did mixed economies deliver the goods, or is that an oversimplification that people believed, rightly or wrongly? Infatuated by the idea that no one stockholder should know more than any other, the SEC for years prevented them from meeting together.

Their whole argument against state-corporatism seems to collapse at the end when they start sounding like former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Are we looking at a long historical trend or a pendulum?

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InPBS aired a six-hour documentary based on the book. The Commanding Heights attempts to trace the rise yregin free markets during the last century as well heighhs the process of globalization. My country was mostly bypassed by the move to a market economy.

Luttwaka book which lucidly discusses the catastrophic consequences of labor being so incredibly cheap. I presume this book was one heighrs the glossy ads that lead to the repeal of Glass Steagall, a.

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It is a fascinating tale of how socialism almost eradicated capitalism and the free market economics, when Britain, the empire of mercantilism, faced a somewhat bleak future, after being on the winning side of the Second World War.

There is so much more in there. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Please try again later. They use the term so generally that it pertains to either efficiency or equity concerns or both. We are approaching Peak Oil and Peak Water and 6.

A great book, but it certainly has a bias. The Battle for the World Economy. Alas, Yergin could not recapture the magic he created when he wrote Commading Prize.

It is a great book to read in order to understand the emergence of the market economy, post WWII,after decades of Keynesian economics control. A Financial History of the World. The Battle for the World Economy. The Battle for the Global Economy, their history of the world economy as it progressed through decades of central planning, through the free market reforms of Thatcher and Reagan in the s, and into the turbulence of the s.

The authors did an excellent job, but need to follow-up in light of resource, water and food limits. When he lifted the Brezhnev Doctrine and allowed Poland ‘s Solidarity to usurp that country’s communist regimethe entire Commandinf Pact collapsed, soon followed by the Soviet Union itself. As the global economy slides deeper into infirmity, we seem poised to debate anew the merits of government regulation and just how free we want commabding free markets to be.