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Poverty

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  • The Divideby Matt Taibbi; Molly Crabapple

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 17.00

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST,  NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWS A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis   Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:   Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.... more...

  • The Bottom Billionby Paul Collier

    Oxford University Press, USA 2007; US$ 14.99

    Global poverty, Paul Collier points out, is actually falling quite rapidly for about eighty percent of the world. The real crisis lies in a group of about 50 failing states, the bottom billion, whose problems defy traditional approaches to alleviating poverty. In The Bottom Billion, Collier contends that these fifty failed states pose the central challenge... more...

  • Rachel and Her Childrenby Jonathan Kozol

    Crown/Archetype 2011; US$ 13.95

    "Extraordinarily affecting....A very important book....To read and remember the stories in this book, to take them to heart, is to be called as a witness." THE BOSTON GLOBE There is no safety net for the millions of heartbroken refugees from the American Dream, scattered helplessly in any city you can name. RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN is an unforgettable... more...

  • Behind the Beautiful Foreversby Katherine Boo

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd 2012; US$ 20.99

    From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo comes a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the world?s most lively but treacherous cities. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport and, as India... more...

  • Scarcityby Sendhil Mullainathan; Eldar Shafir

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 15.98

    Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores? Why does poverty persist around the world? Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy? Here, economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir reveal that the hidden side of all these problems is that they're all about scarcity.... more...

  • Brazil's Dance with the Devilby Dave Zirin

    Haymarket Books 2014; US$ 16.00

    The leading US commentator on the politics of sports explores the coming World Cup and beyond. more...

  • The Life You Can Saveby Peter Singer

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. In  The Life You Can Save , Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response... more...

  • Ain't No Makin' Itby Jay MacLeod

    Westview Press 2008; US$ 29.99

    Author Jay MacLeod ?s classic ethnography?a defining work on the cycle of social reproduction and inequality as lived through the young men from the Clarendon Heights housing project?now includes a third section that continues the... more...

  • Australia's Unintended Citiesby Richard Tomlinson

    CSIRO Publishing 2012; US$ 89.95

    Explores housing and housing-related urban outcomes that are unintended consequences of other policies in Australia. more...

  • 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...