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As president of the World Bank for a decade, James Wolfensohn tackled world poverty with a passion and energy that made him a uniquely important figure in a fundamental arena of change. Using a lifetime of experience in the banking sector, he carved a distinct path in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe for the institution that serves as the major lender to the world's poor. In A Global Life, Wolfensohn tells his astonishing life story in his own words. A man of surpassing imagination and drive, he became an Olympic fencer and a prominent banker in London and New York. An Australian, he navigated Wall Street with uncommon skill. Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for many years, he is also an amateur cellist. But it was his tenure at the World Bank that made him an international force. While at the helm of this controversial institution, Wolfensohn motivated, schemed, charmed, and bullied all the constituencies at his command to broaden the distribution of the world's wealth. Now he bluntly assesses his successes and failures, reflecting on the causes of continuing poverty. Much more than a business story, this is a deeply reflective account of a fascinating career and personality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586482558
ISBN-10: 1586482556
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 165mm x 38mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James D. Wolfensohn

James D. Wolfensohn was president of the World Bank from 1995 to 2005. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children.