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By George Soros

In October 2009, George Soros added a sequence of lectures on the imperative eu college in Budapest, Hungary, which supplied a huge evaluate of his suggestions on economics and politics. Soros has completed nice and constant good fortune on the earth of finance yet has additionally contributed to the wider international of philosophy and human rights throughout the paintings of his Open Society Institute, a global community of foundations. those lectures are the fruits of a life of functional and philosophical mirrored image. This publication offers those 5 seminal talks into one quantity, which deals a condensed and hugely readable precis of Soros' worldview.

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