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Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Amazing Grace
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Paperback      ISBN: 0060976977
A profile of impoverished children in Mott Haven, South Bronx, reveals their difficult lives and poses questions about the value of such children to an unsupportive nation. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. PW.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace -- One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea
One Man's Mission to Promote Peace -- One School at a Time
Paperback      ISBN: 0143038257
Traces how the author, having been rescued and resuscitated by Himalayan villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2, worked to build schools that would benefit the young girls who were forbidden an education by Taliban restrictions.
The House That Love Built: The Story of Millard & Linda Fuller, Founders of Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing
The House That Love Built
The Story of Millard & Linda Fuller, Founders of Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing
Hardcover      ISBN: 1571745467
"Thirty years ago, entrepreneur Millard Fuller and his wife Linda left behind their materialistic lifestyle and crumbling marriage to start over as missionaries in Zaire. On returning to Georgia, they founded Habitat for Humanity and, as their personal Christian ministry, started building houses to bring new life to the poverty-stricken. The House That Love Built is their story"--Provided by publisher.
How We Grieve: Relearning the World
How We Grieve
Relearning the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0195074564
What do we do when a friend, relative, or loved one dies? If we wish to understand the experience of loss, we must learn details of survivors' stories. In How We Grieve, Thomas Attig tells real-life tales to illustrate the poignant disruption of life and suffering that loss entails. He shows how through grieving we meet daunting challenges, make critical choices, and reshape our lives. These intimate treatments of coping hold valuable lessons that address the needs of grieving people and those who hope to support and comfort them. The accounts promote our understanding of grief itself, encourage respect for individuality and the uniqueness of loss experiences, show how to deal with helplessness in the face of "choiceless" events, and offer much priceless guidance for caregivers. Grieving is not a process of passively living through stages. Nor is it a clinical problem to be solved or managed by others. How We Grieve shows that grieving is an active, coping process of relearning how to be and act in a world where loss transforms the fabric of our lives. Loss challenges us to relearn things and places; relationships with others, including fellow survivors, the deceased, and even God; and most of all ourselves, including our daily life patterns and the meanings of our own life stories.
Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
Pathologies of Power
Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
Paperback      ISBN: 0520243269
Pathologies of Power uses harrowing stories of life--and death--in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, arguesthat promoting the social and economic rights of the world's poor is the most important human rights struggle of our times. With passionate eyewitness accounts from the prisons of Russia and the beleaguered villages of Haiti and Chiapas, this book links the lived experiences of individual victims to a broader analysis of structural violence. Farmer challenges conventional thinking within human rights circles and exposes the relationships between political and economic injustice, on one hand, and the suffering and illness of the powerless, on the other. Farmer shows that the same social forces that give rise to epidemic diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis also sculpt risk for human rights violations. He illustrates the ways that racism and gender inequality in the United States are embodied as disease and death. Yet this book is far from a hopeless inventory of abuse. Farmer's disturbing examples are linked to a guarded optimism that new medical and social technologies will develop in tandem with a moreinformed sense of social justice. Otherwise, he concludes, we will be guilty of managing social inequality rather than addressing structural violence. Farmer's urgent plea to think about human rights in the context of global public health and to considercritical issues of quality and access for the world's poor should be of fundamental concern to a world characterized by the bizarre proximity of surfeit and suffering.
Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
Dark Ages America
The Final Phase of Empire
Paperback      ISBN: 0393329771
A critical evaluation of the current American economy by the author of The Twilight of American Culture predicts that the United States will suffer a financial crisis in the wake of war costs and debts, compromises to democratic beliefs, and propaganda. Reprint.
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill And So Little Good
The White Man's Burden
Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill And So Little Good
Hardcover      ISBN: 1594200378
Argues that western foreign aid efforts have done little to stem global poverty, citing how such organizations as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are not held accountable for ineffective practices that the author believes intrude into the inner workings of other countries. By the author of The Elusive Quest for Growth. 60,000 first printing.
Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
Mind over Mood
Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
Paperback      ISBN: 0898621283
Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy--one of the most effective and widely practiced forms of psychotherapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped thousands of people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0131877291
Drawing on case studies, this book offers a blueprint for how to fight poverty with profitability. It challenges readers to re-evaluate their preconceived notions about the commercial opportunities in serving the relatively poor nations of the world. It highlights the way to commercial success and societal improvement.
America's Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century
America's Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0674004345
This new edition of Patterson's widely used book carries the story of battles over poverty and social welfare through what the author calls the "amazing 1990s," those years of extraordinary performance of the economy. He explores a range of issues arising from the economic phenomenon--increasing inequality and demands for use of an improved poverty definition. He focuses the story on the impact of the highly controversial welfare reform of 1996, passed by a Republican Congress and signed by a Democratic President Clinton, despite the laments of anguished liberals.