The World Bank Group proudly proclaims "our dream is a world without poverty." Supported by the U.S. and other rich industrialized nations, it lends more than $50 billion annually to developing countries-purportedly for projects and programs that help the poor while protecting the environment. In Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction, Bruce Rich presents shocking evidence that in fact, the Bank often contributes to the problems it claims to be solving. Enjoy this Foreword Friday selection of Bruce's follow-up to his influential and popular book, Mortgaging the Earth