Red Rover

Red Rover

Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, From Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity

eBook - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
An influential economist discusses how the stock markets reflect collective wisdom in emerging economies when new reforms are announced, examines emerging economies on a case-by-case basis, and concludes that globalization is the last best hope of the world's poor. 25,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
Thirty years ago, China seemed hopelessly mired in poverty, Mexico triggered the Third World Debt Crisis, and Brazil suffered under hyperinflation. Since then, these and other developing countries have turned themselves around, while First World nations, battered by crises, depend more than ever on sustained growth in emerging markets.

In Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries’ success (and ours) is discipline—sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. With the global economy teetering on the brink, the stakes are higher than ever. And because stakes are so high for all nations, we need less polarization and more focus on facts to answer the fundamental question: which policy reforms, implemented under what circumstances, actually increase economic efficiency? Pushing past the tired debates, Henry shows that the stock market’s forecasts of policy impact provide an important complement to traditional measures.

Through examples ranging from the drastic income disparity between Barbados and his native Jamaica to the “catch up” economics of China and the taming of inflation in Latin America, Henry shows that in much of the emerging world the policy pendulum now swings toward prudence and self-control. With similar discipline and a dash of humility, he concludes, the First World may yet recover and create long-term prosperity for all its citizens.

Bold, rational, and forward-looking, Turnaround offers vital lessons for developed and developing nations in search of stability and growth.

Thirty years ago, China seemed hopelessly mired in poverty, Mexico triggered the Third World Debt Crisis, and Brazil suffered under hyperinflation. Since then, these and other developing countries have turned themselves around, while First World nations, battered by crises, depend more than ever on sustained growth in emerging markets.

In Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries’ success (and ours) is discipline—sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. With the global economy teetering on the brink, the stakes are higher than ever. And because stakes are so high for all nations, we need less polarization and more focus on facts to answer the fundamental question: which policy reforms, implemented under what circumstances, actually increase economic efficiency? Pushing past the tired debates, Henry shows that the stock market’s forecasts of policy impact provide an important complement to traditional measures.

Through examples ranging from the drastic income disparity between Barbados and his native Jamaica to the “catch up” economics of China and the taming of inflation in Latin America, Henry shows that in much of the emerging world the policy pendulum now swings toward prudence and self-control. With similar discipline and a dash of humility, he concludes, the First World may yet recover and create long-term prosperity for all its citizens.

Bold, rational, and forward-looking, Turnaround offers vital lessons for developed and developing nations in search of stability and growth.


Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2013
ISBN: 9780465031917
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9780465051991
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 233 pages) : color illustrations

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ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

Among other achievements, geochemist Roger Wiens was instrumental in building the ChemCam, a device - currently mounted on NASA's Curiosity Rover - that uses a laser to reveal the mineral composition of Martian rocks. In this memoir, Weins recounts his career in science, discussing personal triumphs and setbacks, as well as exploring the political, financial, and bureaucratic hurdles that routinely hobble space exploration. Red Rover will appeal to anyone fascinated by astronomy, but fans of rovers and robots in particular should also check out Steve Squyres' Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.

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