Banker to the Poor
- Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty
- Narrated by: Ray Porter
- Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 19-01-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Muhammad Yunus is a practical visionary who has improved the lives of millions of people in his native Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world. Banker to the Poor [is] well reasoned yet passionate." (Los Angeles Times)
"[Yunus'] ideas have already had a great impact on the Third World....hearing his appeal for a 'poverty-free world' from the source itself can be as stirring as that all-American myth of bootstrap success." (Washington Post)
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By R. Hilton on 18-01-08
Will change the way you think about the economics.
This truly enlightening account will give you a whole new perspective on giving the poor a hand up instead of a hand out.
I must have been living under a rock - I picked this book on a whim, not having a clue about Dr. Yunus, who won a Nobel prize for the work he has done in empowering the poor.
It takes a powerful argument to chance the way I think about a subject. I'm a free market capitalist to the core yet I've always known there were certain weaknesses in the system which could give greed a toe hold. Yunus developed a capitalist economy with a social conscience. If he had outlined his ideas in a presentation I would have rejected them as "blue sky" idealism. But he has several billion dollars worth of credibility. It is difficult to argue with success like that!
After listening through (twice so far, it's on my regular re-listen list) I'm actually changing the way I view economics and am working to become a part of this solution that he's created.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Colin on 05-02-07
A passionate man arguing a passionate case...
Yunus describes the history and operation of Grameen and microcredit in general in simple, effective terms while consistently projecting his passion for the process and his frustration with the global banking system for not seeing its potential. This is no dull economics lecture but a lively human tale of dedication and commitment, with many real-world examples. It was published before the Nobel Prize announcement but you can sense that Yunus is a real game-changer.
Ray Porter (narrator) does a nice job on communicating the passion (almost anger at times), and handling the Bengali pronunciation.
Highly recommended, you'll believe that one man can change the world.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful