輝煌的成就。作者Steven Radelet告訴世人這個世界在很多人努力下，實際上已經變得更好，每一個人都應該了解並且參與。──Francis Fukuyama，The End of History and the Last Man作者
The Great Surge高瞻遠矚，並且揭示一個進行了廿年的重大轉型，告訴世人，這個影響著全球經濟、社會和政治變革的非凡故事，提高在世界各地數億貧窮人的命運，最重要的是，作者揭示我們如何應對氣候變化，資源需求，經濟和政治上管理不善，和人口壓力不斷變化的潮流，唯有減少貧困，增加收入，改善健康狀況，遏制暴力，傳播民主，確保能持續改進。不要以為他人或他國的貧窮，與你無關，在這個緊密的地球村，貧窮與富裕只有一線之隔，在空氣中快速移動。
A distinguished expert and advisor to developing nations reveals how we've reduced poverty, increased incomes, improved health, curbed violence, and spread democracy-and how to ensure the improvements continue. Never before have so many people, in so many developing countries, made so much progress. Most people believe the opposite: that with a few exceptions like China and India, the majority of developing countries are hopelessly mired in deep poverty, led by inept dictators, and living with pervasive famine, widespread disease, constant violence, and little hope for change. But a major transformation is underway-and has been for two decades now. Since the early 1990s more than 700 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, six million fewer children die every year from disease, tens of millions more girls are in school, millions more people have access to clean water, and democracy-often fragile and imperfect-has become the norm in developing countries around the world. The Great Surge the remarkable story of this unprecedented economic, social, and political transformation. It shows how the end of the Cold War, the development of new technologies, globalization, courageous local leadership, and in some cases, good fortune, have combined to dramatically improve the fate of hundreds of millions of people in poor countries around the world. Most importantly, it reveals how we can fight the changing tides of climate change, resource demand, economic and political mismanagement, and demographic pressures to accelerate the political, economic, and social development that has been helping the poorest of the poor around the world.