The World's Banker

The World’s Banker

A Story of Failed States, Financial Crises, and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations

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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143036791
  • 496 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Never has the World Bank’s relief work been more important than in the last nine years, when crises as huge as AIDS and the emergence of terrorist sanctuaries have threatened the prosperity of billions. This journalistic masterpiece by Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby charts those controversial years at the Bank under the leadership of James Wolfensohn—the unstoppable power broker whose daring efforts to enlarge the planet’s wealth in an age of globalization and terror were matched only by the force of his polarizing personality. Based on unprecedented access to its subject, this captivating tour through the messy reality of global development is that rare triumph—an emblematic story through which a gifted author has channeled the spirit of the age.

  • This edition features a new afterword by the author that analyzes the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz as Wolfensohn’s successor at the World bank
The World's Banker

The World’s Banker

Sebastian Mallaby

Praise

“A sophisticated, evenhanded take on the [World Bank’s] last decade of development efforts… Illuminating… heartbreaking… a fascinating narrative.” —The New York Times

“An excellent read… [Mallaby] has a talent for brilliant writing and penetrating analysis.” —Financial Times

Table of Contents

Preface: The Prisoner of Lilliput

Chapter One: A Tale of Two Ambitions

Chapter Two: “World Bank Murderer”

Chapter Three: The Renaissance President

Chapter Four: A Twister in Africa

Chapter Five: Mission Sarajevo

Chapter Six: Narcissus and the Octopus

Chapter Seven: The Cancer of Corruption

Chapter Eight: Uganda’s Myth and Miracle

Chapter Nine: A Framework for Development

Chapter Ten: From Seattle to Tibet

Chapter Eleven: Waking Up to Terror

Chapter Twelve: A Plague upon Development

Chapter Thirteen: Back to the Future

Chapter Fourteen: A Lion at Carnegie

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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