Poverty and Social Work Issues
The Bottom Billion
Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
Paperback ISBN: 0195373383
In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. A struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders--and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. Standard solutions do not work, he writes; aid is often ineffective, and globalization can actually make matters worse, driving development to more stable nations. What the bottom billion need, Collier argues, is a bold new plan supported by the Group of Eight industrialized nations. If failed states are ever to be helped, the G8 will have to adopt preferential trade policies, new laws against corruption, new international charters, and even conduct carefully calibrated military interventions. Collier has spent a lifetime working to end global poverty. In The Bottom Billion, he offers real hope for solving one of the great humanitarian crises facing the world today. "Terrifically readable." --Time.com "Set to become a classic. Crammed with statistical nuggets and common sense, his book should be compulsory reading." --The Economist "If Sachs seems too saintly and Easterly too cynical, then Collier is the authentic old Africa hand: he knows the terrain and has a keen ear.... If you've ever found yourself on one side or the other of those arguments--and who hasn't?--then you simply must read this book." --Niall Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review "Rich in both analysis and recommendations.... Read this book. You will learn much you do not know. It will also change the way you look at the tragedy of persistent poverty in a world of plenty." --Financial Times
Rachel and Her Children
Homeless Families in America
Paperback ISBN: 0307345890
Argues that homelessness is caused by the lack of low-cost housing, describes the experiences of the homeless, and explains why the current welfare system is inadequate and misdirected. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0394713885
This study of the underclass--eight million long-term welfare recipients, pushers, hustlers, pimps, derelicts, and career criminals--discusses the political and social dimensions of the problem and recounts the efforts of community-based socialization programs
Waiting on a Train
The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service
Paperback ISBN: 1603580646
McCommons spent much of 2008 on Amtrak researching this book. Here he celebrates the joy of train-riding and, gracefully preaches its efficiency together with a sketch of passenger train history, its current progress, the oil- and votes-loving opponents, and the proponents--even among the freight roads' executives. One UP executive spoke the company line about its obligation to move Amtrak over the road expeditiously: "...we don't care". A fine primer on economics, politics, engineering. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Hardcover ISBN: 0789489090
From ancient Rome to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, this lavishly illustrated chronicle of the history of firefighting examines some of history's most devastating fires, explores the role of the firefighter in human society, and traces the evolution of firefighting technology, equipment, and tactics over the years. 35,000 first printing.
How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist
330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World- At No Cost
Paperback ISBN: 076115504x
Suggests over three hundred ways to give to charities without using money, from donating blood or gently used business suits to changing shopping habits or temporarily housing animals.
Trust Is Not Enough
Bringing Human Rights To Medicine
Hardcover ISBN: 1590171403
A Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and History and a professor of public health discuss the range of issues surrounding public medicine, exploring the relationship between government and the need for good health care around the world.