I picked up this book hoping to find an interesting story that would also teach me a solid background in microlending. Unfortunately I didn't find enough of either in "Banker to the Poor."
The author lacks a focus in both his material and his audience. For example, if the book is about Grameen Bank, it could do without the opening sections of scattered bits of Yunus's life.
I also feel I could have learned more about microlending in a lengthy Economist article than from this book, especially when it comes to some of the challenges or downsides to microlending. The book leaves basic questions frustratingly unmentioned, much less unanswered (e.g. what role does *savings* have, or not have, in reducing poverty?).
Yunus offers almost no criticism of Grameen or microlending in the book, which makes for very odd reading, when for example he has a chapter on "Grameen Bank 2" -- if there was not much wrong with Grameen Bank 1, why the complete overhaul for Grameen Bank 2?
Great material. Was a personal call to action. The reader isn't my favorite. He seems upset or condescending which is the opposite of the context he was reading. Good audio quality just not my favorite tone.
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This is a remarkable and wonderful story. The details of how Gramin bank was begun, how it has grown, etc. are excellent. But...there's too much repetitive rhetoric delivered with great drama, as though the world could be altered or saved if enough passion and repetition could make it so. Those passionate narratives could be chopped out.