A Global Life My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-12
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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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.InA 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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
A Long Way from New Yorkp. 1
Setting Outp. 25
Stepping Upp. 45
Harvardp. 69
Learning My Craft in Australiap. 97
The Eurodollar Revolutionp. 119
Becoming a Bankerp. 135
The Outsiderp. 155
Salomon Brothers and a New York-Based Careerp. 179
On My Ownp. 213
The Road to the World Bankp. 243
A Difficult Entryp. 267
Creativity and Change During the Clinton Yearsp. 309
A Fresh Look at Developmentp. 333
The Bush Yearsp. 357
Travel as Part of the Jobp. 371
A New and Different Challengep. 399
Epiloguep. 441
Acknowledgmentsp. 443
Notesp. 445
Indexp. 449
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