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  • Nickel and Dimedby Barbara Ehrenreich

    Henry Holt and Co. 2010; US$ 16.99

    Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that... more...

  • Poor Peopleby William T. Vollmann

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.99

    That was the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asked in cities and villages around the globe. The result of Vollmann's fearless inquiry is a view of poverty unlike any previously offered. Poor People struggles to confront poverty in all its hopelessness and brutality, its pride and abject fear, its fierce misery and quiet resignation,... more...

  • A Pocketful of Holes and Dreamsby Jeff Pearce

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 12.78

    The poor boy who made his fortune . . . not just once but twice Little Jeff Pearce grew up in a post-war Liverpool slum. His father lived the life of an affluent gentleman whilst his mother was forced to steal bread to feed her starving children. Life was tough and from the moment Jeff could walk he learned to go door to door, begging rags from... more...

  • Ma, It's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bedby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 12.78

    In this latest instalment of Martha Long's real-life account of abuse, deprivation and cruelty at the hands of her mother's partner and the establishment, Martha is now 16 and her time at the convent school is up. In Ma, It's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bed , she leads us through her first months of freedom. With no home to go to, Martha... more...

  • Pathologies of Powerby Paul Farmer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.16

    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, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world?s poor is the most important human rights... more...

  • The Betrayal of Workby Beth Shulman

    The New Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    Beth Shulman was a labor consultant and former vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Washington, D.C. She passed away in 2010. more...

  • The Future of Foreign Aidby Andy Sumner; Richard Mallett

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 43.33

    Sumner and Mallett review the literature on aid in light of shifts in the aid system and the increasing concentration of the world's poor in middle-income countries. As a consequence, they propose a series of practical, policy relevant options for future development cooperation, with the aim of provoking discussion and informing policy. more...

  • An Assault On Povertyby United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development

    International Development Research Centre 1997; US$ 30.00

    In An Assault on Poverty, the Panel on Technology for Basic Needs of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development offers analyses of poverty eradication and the role of science and technology with respect to sustainable human development, technical and vocational education, health, and small-scale economic activities, among... more...

  • The Other Warby Lael Brainard; Carol Graham; Nigel Purvis; Steven Radelet; Gayle Smith

    Brookings Institution Press 2003; US$ 20.95

    The Millennium Challenge Account is a bilateral development fund representing an increase of $5 billion per year over current assistance levels to reform-oriented developing countries. This book considers the potential of the MCA as well as the larger content of US foreign assistance. more...

  • The Value of Homelessnessby Craig Willse

    University of Minnesota Press 2015; Not Available

    It is all too easy to assume that social service programs respond to homelessness, seeking to prevent and understand it. The Value of Homelessness , however, argues that homelessness today is an effect of social services and sciences, which shape not only what counts as such but what will?or ultimately won?t?be done about it.  Through a history... more...