Ann Pettifor

Book Reviews

Green Shoots: the best books to inspire hope for the planet

This review of books to inspire a green transformation appeared in The Guardian on 18 July, 2020. Everyday life has been upended by the pandemic, but the Arctic heatwave is a reminder that the climate crisis still poses an urgent threat to humanity. We will need resolve, ambition and optimism as we emerge from lockdown, …

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Building from ground zero: Doing business in disaster zones

A review of Richard Davies’s EXTREME ECONOMIES Survival, failure, future – lessons from the world’s limits 416pp. Bantam. £20 (paperback, £9.99). Published in the Times Literary Supplement, 17 April, 2020. Economists are beginning to worry over what comes after Covid-19. The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the global economy, and many expect a …

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Building from ground zero: Doing business in disaster zones

A review of Richard Davies’s EXTREME ECONOMIES Survival, failure, future – lessons from the world’s limits 416pp. Bantam. £20 (paperback, £9.99). Published in the Times Literary Supplement, 17 April, 2020. Economists are beginning to worry over what comes after Covid-19. The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the global economy, and many expect a …

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Balance of Power: The Economic Consequences of the Peace at 100

My review of John Maynard Keynes’s The Economic Consequences of the Peace  Macmillan (2019) appeared in Nature – the International Journal of Science – on 23 September, 2019. “Ann Pettifor finds astonishing contemporary resonance in John Maynard Keynes’s critique of globalization and inequity.” In December 1919, John Maynard Keynes published a blistering attack on the …

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Of bollygarchs, gombeens & spivs: welcome to the world of financial corruption

These reviews of books on financial corruption appeared in the Times Literary Supplement on 13 November, 2018. Ten years ago, just after the collapse of Lehman’s and as the Great Financial Crisis intensified, I complained in the Guardian about the globally coordinated 0.5% cut in interest rates by central bankers. It was too little too …

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