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New updated national broadcast of Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy begins on PBS May 15, 2003 -- and follows on May 22, 29, June 5, 12, and 19. Local listings may vary.

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  Online and Print Resources

  To learn more about the world economy, explore the Web sites, books, and publications listed below. This is a partial listing of useful materials, not an exhaustive one. Many of these resources were used during the production of this Web site. Some were written by persons featured in the program and/or on the site.

Many of the interviews, essays, profiles, and up for debate texts are available in PDF format for printing.
See the PDF index list  for addtional resources in PDF format.

Web Resources

Resources on Global Attitudes and Opinions:

The Pew Global Attitudes Project
Report on recent changes in global public attitudes, plus more polls and surveys, from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

International Economic Development Organizations:

The World Bank

The World Bank: World Development Indicators
Information on "global links" plus an index of globalization with trends and country data.

The International Monetary Fund

International Monetary Fund (IMF) activities, by country

Research at the International Monetary Fund

The economic indicator graphs supplied in the Country Reports on this site have been produced using data provided by the International Monetary Fund ("IMF") and The World Bank.

All I.M.F. Data is solely and exclusively owned by the International Monetary Fund, and is provided on this site for non-commercial, educational use only. Distribution of this data in any published material or dissemination by electronic means is expressly prohibited without prior permission from the I.M.F. The International Monetary Fund makes no warranty with regard to the accuracy of its data and accepts no liability with regard to it.

All World Bank data is is solely and exclusively owned by the World Bank and is provided on this site for non-commercial, educational use only, and distribution of this data in any published material or dissemination by electronic means (commercial, gratuitous, or otherwise), is expressly prohibited without prior permission from The World Bank. The World Bank makes no warranty with regard to the accuracy of its data and accepts no liability with regard to it.

Note: The indicator definition for each indicator graph identifies the specific source of its data. Indicator definitions within the low-band versions of the Country Reports are listed along side each graph. Indicator definitions within rich-media versions of the Country Reports are accessed by selecting any indicator and then rolling the cursor over the large blue dot in the upper right corner of its graph.

United States Government Resources:

U.S. State Department, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices, by region, through 1999

U.S. State Department Country Commercial Guides

U.S. State Department Background Notes, by country

U.S. State Department Policies

U.S. State Department information about regions of the world

U.S. Library of Congress Country Studies

The CIA World Factbook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's Office of Energy Markets and End Use -- includes Country Analysis Briefs and International Energy Statistics

U.S. Embassies around the world and their host countries

The U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of the Public Debt

The U.S. Treasury Department's Debt to the Penny

Commercial Web Sites:

These sites are for-profit ventures that provide information that can be helpful in grasping global economic trends.

The A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine Globalization Index, which ranks countries based on their levels of economic, social, technological and political integration with the rest of the world.

Microsoft Encarta -- Some entries within the Commanding Heights Online Glossary and some profiles included within Commanding Heights: People have been excerpted (as credited) from Microsoft's Encarta.

The Gale Group -- Publisher of The Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies. More information about this resource can be found at
region=9&imprint=000&titleCode=WEED&type=4&id=115090 -- Up-to-the-minute market news, information, and maps
(See especially the dynamic market maps.)

World History Maps -- The Time-Map within Commanding Heights Online uses cartographic data provided by John C. Nelson and his associates at World History Maps.

Academic Web Sites:

International Economics Links -- A portal to online resources related to international economics from the International Economics program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Bhagwati, Jagdish. The Wind of the Hundred Days: How Washington Mismanaged Globalization. London/Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2000.

Chancellor, Edward. Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation. New York: Plume/Penguin Putnam, 1999.

Friedman, Milton, and Rose Friedman. Free to Choose: A Personal Statement. San Diego/New York/London: A Harvest Book/Harcourt Brace & Company, 1980.

Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Friedman, Thomas L. The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization. New York: Anchor Books, 2000.

Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash: 1929. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1961.

Galbraith, John Kenneth. American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1993.

Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Affluent Society. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Gingrich, Newt. Lessons Learned the Hard Way: A Personal Report. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

Gorbachev, Mikhail. Memoirs. New York: Doubleday, 1995.

Gray, John. False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism. New York: The New Press, 1998.

Hayek, Friedrich A. Hayek on Hayek: An Autobiographical Dialogue. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Hayek, Friedrich A. The Road to Serfdom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Hazlitt, Henry. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1979.

Heilbroner, Robert L. 21st-Century Capitalism. New York: Norton, 1993.

Heilbroner, Robert L. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Heilbroner, Robert L., and Lester Thurow. Economics Explained: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works and Where It's Going. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Keynes, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.

Keynes, John Maynard. The Economic Consequences of the Peace. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.

Lindsey, Lawrence B. Economic Puppetmasters: Lessons from the Halls of Power. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, 1999.

Lowenstein, Roger. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-term Capital Management. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2000.

Ormerod, Paul. Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Social and Economic Behavior. New York: Pantheon Books, 2000.

O'Rourke, P.J. Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998.

Pendergast, Sara, and Tom Pendergast, ed. The Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies. Detroit: The Gale Group, 2002.

Rubin, Robert E. Money, Markets, and the News: Press Coverage of the Modern Revolution in Financial Institutions. Cambridge, MA: Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, 1999.

Sachs, Jeffrey D. Developing Country Debt and the World Economy: A National Bureau of Economic Research Project Report. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Sachs, Jeffrey D. Poland's Jump to the Market Economy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994.

Shultz, George P., and Kenneth W. Dam. Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

"Smith, Adam" [a.k.a. George J.W. Goodman]. Paper Money. New York: Summit Books, 1981.

Solow, Robert M. Growth Theory: An Exposition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Soros, George. Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism. New York: Public Affairs, a division of Perseus Books Group, 2000.

Soros, George. On Globalization. New York: Public Affairs, a division of Perseus Books Group, 2002.

Veseth, Michael. Selling Globalization: The Myth of the Global Economy. Boulder/London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998.

Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.

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