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  • Title: Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World
  • Author: Dambisa Moyo
  • ISBN: 9780465028283
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Commodities permeate virtually every aspect of modern daily living, but for all their importance their breadth, their depth, their intricacies, and their central role in daily life few people who are not economists or traders know how commodity markets work Almost every day, newspaper headlines and media commentators scream warnings of impending doom shortages of arablCommodities permeate virtually every aspect of modern daily living, but for all their importance their breadth, their depth, their intricacies, and their central role in daily life few people who are not economists or traders know how commodity markets work Almost every day, newspaper headlines and media commentators scream warnings of impending doom shortages of arable land, clashes over water, and political conflict as global demand for fossil fuels outstrips supply The picture is bleak, but our grasp of the details and the macro shifts in commodities markets remain blurry.Winner Take All is about the commodity dynamics that the world will face over the next several decades In particular, it is about the implications of China s rush for resources across all regions of the world The scale of China s resource campaign for hard commodities metals and minerals and soft commodities timber and food is among the largest in history To be sure, China is not the first country to launch a global crusade to secure resources From Britain s transcontinental operations dating back to the end of the 16th century, to the rise of modern European and American transnational corporations between the mid 1860 s and 1870 s, the industrial revolution that powered these economies created a voracious demand for raw materials and created the need to go far beyond their native countries.So too is China s resource rush today Although still in its early stages, already the breadth of China s operation is awesome, and seemingly unstoppable China s global charge for commodities is a story of China s quest to secure its claims on resource assets, and to guarantee the flow of inputs needed to continue to drive economic development Moyo, an expert in global commodities markets, explains the implications of China s resource grab in a world of diminishing resources.
    Winner Take All China s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World Commodities permeate virtually every aspect of modern daily living but for all their importance their breadth their depth their intricacies and their central role in daily life few people who are

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    1. I misjudged the book at first I thought it s a book criticizing China s mass investment in Africa and thought the author would reproach China s national behavior as a new economy colonialism,the orthodox stereotype but seemingly it is not so.Let us put the epigram from Roosevelt here first as the keynote If we shrink from a hard contest where men must win at hazard of their lives and at risk of the people they hold dear, then the stronger and bolder peoples will pass us by and win for themselves [...]

    2. Winner Take All China s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World by Dambisa Moyo Winner Take All is an even handed assessment on China s race for resources and the implications this has for the rest of the world The book s spotlight is on China s central role in the commodities dynamics Best selling author, international economist and a native of Zambia, Dr Moyo has written a professional yet accessible book that tackles the following broad themes economic implications of China s ascen [...]

    3. One Minute ReviewBig bad China In Winner Take All, Dambisa Moyo, who burst onto the literary political scene with Dead Aid, suggests that China s growing influence isn t all bad While recent books like Mark Steyn s After America and Niall Ferguson s Civilization exhibit concern about the West s declining economic and political clout, Moyo s new book describes nuanced global changes China s increasing consumption of and control over the world s finite resources do drive up commodity costs for No [...]

    4. This is probably the first economics book I ve read, but it goes far beyond simple economics I saw Dambisa Moyo on The Daily Show and I remember thinking she was maybe a bit pro China While in South Africa a couple of people I met mentioned the Chinese influence and they didn t speak highly of it however after reading this book I see it in greater perspective China is helping build infrastructure in many parts of Africa, including hospitals, schools and roads There will always be reservations an [...]

    5. I enjoyed Winner Take All as an economics primer where the commodities markets are concerned there was much attention given to such things as speculation in the commodities markets, when and how governments should intervene and what such intervention does to commodity prices.China almost seemed to be a secondary focus after the basic explanations of commodity markets, although such explanations to a layman such as myself were invaluable to understanding the overall thesis of the book Where I fou [...]

    6. Good book Personally, I have loathed the European centrism towards Africa and the seemingly unbreakable aid cycle and victimization Very rarely do I read a book that shares this view, and DM s WTA is one of the few She shows that China approaches African countries as trading partners, providing cash and infrastructure projects in exchange for their commodities Not as helpless victims that need pity I m so happy to see Africans like DM have also opened their eyes.However, this was not DM s main a [...]

    7. I saw the author interviewed on Bill Maher and decided to pick up the book before my next trip to China I m glad I did It helped to put snippets of news stories about China and expansionist plans in developing countries into real context China has a plan it s a long range, comprehensive, global reaching quest for raw materials that will fuel the engine of their economy for decades to come Theirs is not a mission to improve the global standard of living, but if a country needs a new port to enabl [...]

    8. This book is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in global markets, trades, market barriers, natural resources, future allocation of natural resources, competition between countries to become the dominant force in different markets The book covers all these issues, while clearly laying out the strategies that a national giant like China utilizes to achieve success in each and every one these fields Even though the book states multiple times how a international market laws does no [...]

    9. Another book which should be read by our presidential candidates As one who has had some undergrad and graduate work in agricultural economics, I readily appreciate her practical concern re commodities, ad real life look at economics, which, as Dr Moyo succinctly informed a questioner during her presentation on BookTV, the class room is one look, but reality is what you need too often, as I quickly realized while taking some graduate courses, there is often no relationship between what is real, [...]

    10. Reading this book by International economist, Dambisa Moyo helped me to know about the minerals in short supply, and China s awareness of their value about China s long term planning, as well as their efforts in Africa.They are now doing what the U.S U.K and other European countries have done in the past They have the finances and have set long term goals for the benefit of their country and seem to be helping other countries without setting the kinds of restrictions the U.S has placed on coun [...]

    11. Writing with a great sense of alacrity and an even greater adroitness, Dambisa Moyo lays down with immense precision, China s untrammelled, but inevitable rampage in resource ravage and the attendant consequences for the rest of the world.

    12. Moyo gave an excellent, well researched, report on the current state of Chinese activities without fear mongering or moralizing Certainly one of the most enjoyable reads I have had of late.

    13. Kind of changed my perspective on China a bit to a positive perspective That surprised me But I think her answers to ending hunger were rather flippant and un researched.

    14. iOutstanding book that really does not tell much truly novel, but aggregates into a story of China that makes a lot of sense from the standpoint of behavioral economics after living a while in Beijing, it is this book that really opened my eyes to the brilliance of the Chinese government s long term strategic plan that they are really in a singular position to execute as china inc in the global marketplace Some of china s individual actions may seem sinister or illogical when taken out of contex [...]

    15. Winner Take All, China s Race for Resources and What It Means for the Rest of the WorldDambisa Moyo, Harper Collins, 2002This book is about supply and demand Commodities, specifically arable land, water, energy and minerals are in demand as the global population grows and gets wealthier More people living in cities and with middle class expectations means increased demand for goods and services everywhere One of these commodities, the global supply of arable land, is not entirely available to bu [...]

    16. Winner Take All reads like an extended thought experiment, and as such it spins a compelling if somewhat repetitive narrative of China s growth in the commodities market and its global impact, especially Africa Moyo argues that China s anticolonialism stands to benefit Africa than traditional development assistance She provides some interesting factoids to substantiate the position, but overall I find her presentation overly simplistic Nowhere is this evident to me than her description of the [...]

    17. This artful study examines the big picture beyond China s buying spree, digging into its political pressures at home and cataloging resource scarcities abroad While not an investment guide, this analysis provides valuable insight into the forces driving commodity markets.

    18. For the Full review, Visit booksundertheneemtree 2013We have all heard strange stories about China s presence in Africa FromThe major question here I think is What is China exactly doing in Africa What does it mean for us Africans And for the world Luckily, my favourite economist decides to write a book and answers these very important questions.The Truth of the matter is that the reasons for China s presence in Africa are far from obvious There are a lot of contradictory reports and articles in [...]

    19. This was the second book I ve read by Moyo, the first was Dead Aid and htis left me equally as impressed She tackles another deeply interesting and relevant topic China s entrepreneurial efforts in the world and what implications it will have.I really thought her discussion of monopsony was really interesting, not only for the word itself, but for the concept Could it really be possible that China is a singular buyer for key resources Wouldn t market forces impede that Unless China was able to p [...]

    20. I first saw Dr Moyo at TCU last month I am so glad I read this book I was hesitant at first to read something that I feel like I could learn about in a WSJ article, but I learned a lot about the commodity depletion issue that will become of a problem in the coming decades China is smart and investing in countries, especially in Africa, that have these resources that they specifically will need as their population continues to grow Meanwhile, the US cannot even solve our debt problems and we hav [...]

    21. This book s main thesis is that China has established control on the majority of the world s limited physical resources and that the rest of us will have to ultimately deal with the repercussions The author demonstrates an amazing facility for pulling data from various sources to support her conclusions, and does it in a relatively simple manner for the popular audience to understand It took me a long time to finish reading this 225 page book because it is so depressing For me some of the financ [...]

    22. I will be the first to admit that books on economics are not my usual cup of tea And the main thesis of this book that China s increasing dominance of commodities markets have potentially massive consequences for the global economy and the future of humanity s access to much needed arable land, water, and energy was already familiar to me before I started in on chapter 1 But if I was already aware of the broad strokes of Moyo s argument, nevertheless I found this book chock full of eye opening d [...]

    23. This book shows you the fact the world will face a looming financial crisis in regard to commodity Now, China has strong power in it s resource strategy, especially in Africa Dambisa Moyo used to be a worker of Goldman Sachs, then she can explain from fer experience what s going on within the commodities market, and forecast the future,or scenario in accordance with the recent trend China s investment to resources in developing countries isn t limited around the mines China is constructing lots [...]

    24. As the title suggests, this book describes China s growth in population and prosperity and the subsequent needs it has for resources outside of its own borders The author provides examples of how China has been purchasing resources in Africa and South America especially due to limited individual land ownership processes which benefit both China and the developing country The author makes the point that the world does not have a plan of how to manage the limited resources of a growing population [...]

    25. Alternates between deeply flawed and highly readable and detailed Uncritical of Beijing s propaganda, which leads to some disconnects between author s rhetoric and argument Skepticism of Western media not controlled by states does not exist for Chinese media almost totally under government control But, very good contextual and theoretical sections In other words, take actual stuff about China s global quest for resources with a pinch of salt detailed examples to support her arguments are almost [...]

    26. This book does deliver that it promises I gave it a low rating as I found it to be very dry, longer than it needed to be, and generally hard to stay engaged with.It does a good job of describing in great detail how China is moving to protect it s future in terms of fuel, food, commodities, and resources If a detailed breakdown including statistical charts is what you need, then this book will provide it, however, I did not find it to be a leisurely read for someone who has a passing interest in [...]

    27. China s burgeoning population drives their determined effort to secure ready access to all kinds of commodities in the decades ahead The West, led by an insular and internally focused USA, is woefully unprepared for the market impact of China s increasing global control over many basic necessities of industry and society Dr Moyo s latest book should be mandatory reading for everyone in leadership of American international businesses, our Congress and even our easily distracted State Department d [...]

    28. Em um mundo de recursos finitos, a corrida chinesa para saciar seu crescimento tr s grande impacto no presente e no futuro Dambisa Moyo mostra como as commodities influenciam a vida de todo o mundo no dia a dia fazendo uma an lise muito interessante sobre como essas a es da China tem impactado o cen rio econ mico global nos ltimos anos e como pode vir a criar conflitos pol ticos no futuro se n o houver uma coordena o mais efetiva entre os pa ses.

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