In the span of one day, how does the world do business?In Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy, journalist and economist Daniel Altman answers this question by visiting more than a dozen cities around the world and tracing the threads of our ever-changing, ever-integrating economic fabric. Readers travel to Syria, where the president wants to launch his country's first stock market; to Brazil, where a corruption scandal is brushed under the rug in the name of economic stability; to East Timor, where a new nation grapples with its impending oil wealth. Altman diagrams all the gears and cogs, showing how they fit together in the vast machinery of the global economy--all in the events of a single day. Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy is a new and accessible way to look at our complex world.
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The first-ever Global Economic Minute comes from New York City. How long will tourists and ordinary Americans be able to buy cheap imports on Fifth Avenue?
While a few wealthy Russians zoom along Moscow’s highways in their luxury sedans, many others are nostalgic for the days before the Iron Curtain fell. At the very least, differences in incomes weren’t as stark or, at least, as noticeable. And that’s the subject of this week’s video: Can Russia make sure that more than a few people profit from its fast-growing wealth?
"Instead of the usual heavy and indigestible fare, Daniel Altman cleverly serves bite-sized, tasty portions of economic insight that will leave readers hungry for more."--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind"Altman's easy narration, merged with a few well-researched anecdotes, can offer that winning combination sought by all writers of popular economics, a succinct overview of the well-known with an original, intellectually stimulating point."--Mario Pisani, Financial Times
"Altman gives us a revealing view from the trenches."--Time
"Clever . . . [Altman] eschews straightforward narrative, favoring zoom-in, zoom-out impressions and lengthy quotations from a kaleidoscope of people."--Stephen Kotkin, The New York Times
Daniel Altman received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard and has written for The Economist and The New York Times, where he was the youngest member of the editorial board. He is now a columnist for the International Herald Tribune. He splits his time between New York, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires.