Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy

Daniel Altman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

What if you could look behind the headlines of the global economy to see how it really worked? Instead of listening to pundits, politicians, and protestors, you could see firsthand how everyone from migrant workers to central bank governors lived their lives. Then you could decide for yourself where the big trends were heading. Now you can. Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy isn't another polemic for or against globalization. Daniel Altman takes you on a whirlwind journey through more than a dozen cities, gathering points of view from moguls, ministers, and the men and women on the street. At each stop, you'll hear how the world's workers played their parts in the events of a single day. Starting with their stories, related in their own words, you'll take on pressing questions in new ways: Can poor countries become rich too quickly? Can corruption ever be a good thing? Do companies need crises in order to stay competitive? What determines the global economic pecking order? Most important, you'll learn how the billions of decisions made by individuals can and do change the future. Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy is part travel guide, part owner's manual--an absorbing, accessible, and essential road map for every citizen of the global economy in the twenty-first century.


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Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy
A scratched-up old train pulls in to the small station at Helenelund, just a few stops from the center of Stockholm. Outside the station, a road leads through a leafy working-class suburb. It passes under a low-slung highway, and there, across a two-way street, is a six-story cement building with the word "Ericsson" on the side. Next to it is another one, this one faced in brick. Behind them are two more. And there, off in the distance,



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Praise for Connected: 24 Hours in the Global Economy

"Altman's book offers a Wall-Street-smart and yet deeply intellectual understanding of our amazingly complex and dynamic world economy.  He gives the reader a revealing perspective by viewing the economy at various magnifications, from little vignettes of individuals' experiences on a single day to grand observations on how it all works together."   --Robert Shiller, Professor of Economics and Finance, Yale University; Chief Economist, MacroMarkets LLC; and author of Irrational Exuberance
"Instead of the usual heavy and indigestible fare, Daniel Altman cleverly serves bite-size, tasty portions of economic insight that will leave readers hungry for more."   --Sylvia Nasar, author, A Beautiful Mind 
"There is a flood of books on Globalization, ranging from the bad to the good. To say something new seems beyond anyone's ability. Yet Dan Altman succeeds in doing just that. He makes the subject come alive, as only a gifted journalist can, by telling us in depth stories such as that of East Timor's struggles with new riches which illuminates the controversy that divides technocarts who want to push aid flows dramatically and the equally committed internationalists who worry about absorptive capacity. Buy, read and enjoy while getting instructed."   --Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University, and author of In Defense of Globalization

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  • Daniel Altman received his PhD in economics from Harvard and went on to advise the British government on immigration, crime, and drug regulation. He has written for The Economist and The New York Times, where he was among the youngest-ever members of the editorial board, and is now a columnist for the International Herald Tribune. He splits his time between New York, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires.
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