Book Reviews

  • Michael Mandelbaum
    New York: Public Affairs, 2005
    ISBN:978-I-58648-360-9

    Michael Mandelbaum analyzes the US role as the world’s sole superpower, providing global security as a government service. The US may not continue that role for long though. The biggest threat comes not from rival countries but rather the US public, no longer willing to pay the costs. In this review, Susan Froetschel highlights the author’s approach to understanding the US role in the world order.

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz
    New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2003
    ISBN:0-393-05124-2

    “This book recounts Stiglitz’s experiences, opening a window on previously unseen aspects of global economic policy. It is designed to provoke a healthy debate and… shows us in poignant terms why developing nations feel the economic deck is stacked against them.”

    Click here for a critique from the IMF

  • Amy Chua
    New York: Doubleday, 2003
    ISBN:0-385-50302-4

    In her recent book, World on Fire, Yale University professor Amy Chua argues that it is the resentment of long-standing minority domination that has so much of the world’s citizens ready to take up arms. Pat Sewell examines the author’s contentions and assesses her sweeping proposals for solving the most challenging problem facing global society since the Second World War.

  • Niall Ferguson
    New York: Basic Books, 2003
    ISBN:0-465-02328-2

    In the lead up to the invasion of Iraq - and especially with the difficulties the US has encountered since - there is a renewed interest in the historical experience of past imperial efforts. Not surprisingly, the publication of British historian Niall Ferguson’s provocative history of the British Empire has aroused special interest. In this review of the book, noted historian and World Systems theorist Immanuel Wallerstein focuses on Ferguson’s defense of the British Empire.

  • Stan Liebowitz
    New York: Amacom, 2003
    ISBN:0814406491

    Rethinking the Network Economy examines exactly where, how, and why so many e-commerce firms went wrong, and how, utilizing traditional economic concepts, businesses can build the foundation for success in the future.

  • Medard Gabel & Henry Bruner
    New York: The New Press, 2003
    ISBN:1-56584-727-X

    One of the major agents of globalization - the multinational corporation - has been alternately portrayed as global villain and global economic booster. In “Global Inc.”, a new “atlas of the multinational corporation” by Medard Gabel and Henry Bruner, companies with an extensive global reach are subjected to a more objective critical eye. In this review article, Nayan Chanda highlights the authors’ somewhat surprising data and assesses the book’s significance for globalization studies.

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