Find out more about The Commanding Heights by Daniel Yergin, Joseph Stanislaw at Simon & Schuster. Read book reviews & excerpts, watch author videos. Daniel Yergin’s and Joseph Stanislaw’s The Commanding Heights Yergin is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Prize, the tale of the. Daniel Yergin, Joseph Stanislaw. The Commanding Heights: The Battle Between Government and the Marketplaces That Is Remaking the Modern World.

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Adam Smith Author of “Paper Money” With great clarity and intelligence, the authors have written one of the central stories of our time.

We have a torrent of information — discordant, cacophonous, dissonant — from TV, PCs, and print. The great accomplishment heghts “The Commanding Heights” is to make sense of this confusing scene. It is stimulating, topical, and very well written. The depth of the analysis and the geographic breadth are overwhelming.

It is a resounding achievement — and essential reading for anyone engaged in international business. Secretary of State and Former U. Secretary of the Treasury A stunning and eminently readable account of how the market has captured the commanding heights of economic thinking.

Transforming economic analysis into yerfin compelling narrative, heigjts authors give us a comprehensive picture of an unfolding and dramatic story. It is as engrossing as it is instructive. Gary Becker Winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, An absorbing, well-written narrative of the victory of market forces over communism and socialism. The authors effectively and dramatically show how ideas and events combined to produce the most important economic revolution of heightw second half of this century.

Lawrence Summers There has been a revolution in economic thought every bit as profound in its implications as any other scientific revolution. It’s a compelling guide to the 21st century economy. This book will be invaluable for hwights in every part of the world — decision makers and general readers alike — for its ideas will be instrumental in helping the global community prepare for the twenty-first century.

Valery Giscard D’Estaing Former President of France The crowning achievement of “The Commanding Heights” is that it illuminates today’s profound changes through the great sweep of history. Thriving Locally in the Global Economy””The Commanding Heights” persuasively yeggin powerfully identifies today’s and tomorrow’s critical challenges for government policy and corporate action.

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Whether enthralled by the prospects of ever-expanding free markets or anxious about the social fallout of market excesses, readers will benefit from the book’s compelling economic histories of key world regions showing how they are coping with change on the cusp of a new century. Yergin received the Pulitzer Prize for the number one bestseller The Prize: The book has been translated into 12 languages. It also received the Eccles Prize for best book on an economic subject for heihhts general heighta.

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If you are a seller for heigghts product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Prize joins a leading expert on the global economy to present an incisive narrative of the risks and opportunities that are emerging as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets — and the battle over globalization comes front and center.


A brilliant narrative history, The Commanding Heights is about the most powerful economic forces at work in the world today, and about the people and the ideas that are shaping the future. Across the globe, it has become increasingly accepted dogma that economic commansing should be dominated by market forces, not political concerns. With chapters on Europe, the US, Britain, the Third World, the Arab States, Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the former communist countries, Yergin and Stanislaw provide an incisive overview of the state of the economy, and of the battles between governments and markets in each region.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Energy, Security, comkanding the Remaking of the Modern World. A Very Short Introduction. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Review Adam Smith Author of “Paper Money” With great clarity and intelligence, the authors have written one of the central stories of our time. Start reading The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Please try again later. This is a wonderful history of Economics in the modern world I also have the DVD collection. I have bought three copies as gifts. My Economics professor told me to buy them and he is probably one of the best professors I have ever had.

It enlightens one as to Keynesian v. If you want to understand the world development in the 20th Ydrgin from an economic point of view rather than a political point of view, then you also will love this book.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a great history. Very informativeinsightful, and well written. A great discussion of the twentieth century and how e got o where we are now. Very important history and information The lessons about equality, importance of caring for our environment, and confidence have a strong message in One person found this helpful.

Both the book DVD are excellent. It is one thing to have lived through global change, it is another thing to understand the interconnections and long-term effects. The focus in several countries is a centrally planned or market-driven economy. Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, China and the United Kingdom are examined in detail for their success and failure. The Soviet Union – Russia, tried to retain dictatorial control and continues to have problems.

The “Chicago School of Economics” celebrates its wisdom, models and planning in yergim after heightz. However, in every country and economics system, the sustainable natural resource base is overlooked. Keynes may be the “father” of market economics, but Keynes is a short-term perspective. We are approaching Peak Oil and Peak Water and 6. The USA standard of living is based on cheap oil and cheap water and we are entering the “Crude Awakening.


Commanding heights are about to come tumbling down in country after country as human population exceeds carrying capacity and countries hfights for resources and food. The authors did an excellent job, but need yerbin follow-up in light of resource, water and food limits. A must-read if you are curious about why socialism doesn’t work as well as capitalism, even though no system is perfect.

Having read The Prize I was disappointed in the story telling but that could be because I come from an oil producing country and oil is central to our lives. The Commanding Heights does not have such an exciting cast of characters as the oil business did: That said, the book yedgin an educational review of the changing political economy of the commansing, a change away from command and control toward free markets. Although the authors clearly favor free markets which have created much more wealth and well being for a huge portion of the population than command and control ever did, they manage to remain objective commwnding the dangers that markets pose.

This objectivity is most clearly shown in the last chapter where they talk about the critical tests required to judge the results that markets bring. Not all markets are created equal. For example, the supposed deregulation of the California energy market was a fiasco because that market was badly designed. My country was mostly bypassed by the move to a market economy.

Reading the book I felt as if I were living in an alternate universe. In the early s the local telco was privatized and that was about the end of it for us. When the president tried to raise the price of gas at the pump, he was impeached on trumped up charges.

His own party turned ydrgin him. As a result, we have moved backwards from an economy based on import substitution to a quasi dictatorship with price controls and the destruction of private enterprise. These are the dangers of trying to move to market economies without first preparing the population for the inevitable pain that comes with the change. Unfortunately, The Commanding Heights does not cover the failures, only the success stories. Talking about failures, Russia is fast moving back to autocratic management of heigths economy mostly by Putin’s KGB cronies, another failure where markets are not being given a chance.

To sum up, the book is worth reading but it is no thriller, be prepared to work you way through it. Following “The Prize,” Dan Yergin takes on the entire world economy and deftly distills the important from yrrgin irrevelant.

This is an excellent analysis and a reasonably easy read. It is markedly eyrgin to a “competing” work: This is as painless an education on world 20th century political economy as possible.