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By Nina Munk

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In 2006, Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, specified consultant to the Secretary normal of the United international locations, and writer of the influential bestseller The finish of Poverty— introduced the Millennium Villages venture, a bold, $120-million scan designed to check his theories approximately finishing poverty. for 6 years, Nina Munk shadowed Sachs on his journeys to Africa, listened in on conversations with heads-of-state and humanitarian agencies, and immersed herself within the lives of individuals in distant African villages.  Munk got here to appreciate the real-life concerns that problem Sachs’s formulation for finishing international poverty. The Idealist is the profound and relocating tale of what occurs whilst the summary theories of a super, pushed guy meet the realities of human lifestyles.

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