Review: The Work of Nations–Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism

4 Star, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Strategy

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4.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete but Original and Worthy of a Second Look,

January 1, 2004
Robert B. Reich
Edit of 21 Dec 07 to add links.

One reason I read only books I have bought (so that I may liberally mark them up) and tend to never discard a book, which is becoming a real problem in my basement, is because current reading will often lead one back to some gems and to a reestimation of earlier readings. Robert B. Reich’s “The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism” can be read with renewed appreciation and respect if one if also now reading William Greider’s The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy or any of the books by Herman E. Daly (e.g. Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications).

I read Reich’s Locked in the Cabinet, but this book remains a better gauge of his value to America, and I do hope we get a chance to hear from him again. If you have not read this book, it is a real bargain as a used book and you should buy it–Reich will remain relevant for decades to come.

Relevant books published since then:
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism: How the Financial System Underminded Social Ideals, Damaged Trust in the Markets, Robbed Investors of Trillions – and What to Do About It
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits (Wharton School Publishing Paperbacks)
Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives

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