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📒Born On Third Base ✍ Chuck Collins
📝Born on Third Base Book Synopsis : As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor—all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. On the other side, those who find it increasingly difficult to keep up or get ahead lash out—waging a rhetorical war against the rich and letting anger and resentment, however justifiable, keep us from seeing new potential solutions. But can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s wealth is pooling at the very top of the wealth ladder? Does anyone, including the one percent, really want to live in a society plagued by economic apartheid? It is time to think differently, says longtime inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins. Born into the one percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. He uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative. Collins calls for a ceasefire and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities. And he asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder. Stories told along the way explore the roots of advantage, show how taxpayers subsidize the wealthy, and reveal how charity, used incorrectly, can actually reinforce extreme inequality. Readers meet pioneers who are crossing the divide to work together in new ways, including residents in the author’s own Boston-area neighborhood who have launched some of the most interesting community transition efforts in the nation. In the end, Collins’s national and local solutions not only challenge inequality but also respond to climate change and offer an unexpected, fresh take on one of our most intransigent problems.
📒Economic Apartheid In America ✍ Chuck Collins
📝Economic Apartheid In America Book Synopsis : This updated edition of the widely touted Economic Apartheid in America looks at the causes and manifestations of wealth disparities in the United States, including tax policy in light of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and recent corporate scandals. Published with two leading organizations dedicated to addressing economic inequality, the book looks at recent changes in income and wealth distribution and examines the economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide. Praised by Sojurners as “a clear blueprint on how to combat growing inequality,” Economic Apartheid in America provides “much-needed groundwork for more democratic discussion and participation in economic life” (Tikkun). With “a wealth of eye-opening data” (The Beacon) focusing on the decline of organized labor and civic institutions, the battle over global trade, and the growing inequality of income and wages, it argues that most Americans are shut out of the discussion of the rules governing their economic lives. Accessible and engaging and illustrated throughout with charts, graphs, and political cartoons, the book lays out a comprehensive plan for action.
📒The Spy On Third Base ✍ Matt Christopher
📝The Spy on Third Base Book Synopsis : A third baseman is sick with anxiety about whether or not to help his team by using his knack for knowing where the batter is going to hit the ball.
📒Class Lives ✍ Chuck Collins
📝Class Lives Book Synopsis : Class Lives is an anthology of narratives dramatizing the lived experience of class in America. It includes forty original essays from authors who represent a range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and occupations across the United States. Born into poverty, working class, the middle class, and the owning class—and every place in between—the contributors describe their class journeys in narrative form, recounting one or two key stories that illustrate their growing awareness of class and their place, changing or stable, within the class system. The stories in Class Lives are both gripping and moving. One contributor grows up in hunger and as an adult becomes an advocate for the poor and homeless. Another acknowledges the truth that her working-class father's achievements afforded her and the rest of the family access to people with power. A gifted child from a working-class home soon understands that intelligence is a commodity but finds his background incompatible with his aspirations and so attempts to divide his life into separate worlds. Together, these essays form a powerful narrative about the experience of class and the importance of learning about classism, class cultures, and the intersections of class, race, and gender. Class Lives will be a helpful resource for students, teachers, sociologists, diversity trainers, activists, and a general audience. It will leave readers with an appreciation of the poignancy and power of class and the journeys that Americans grapple with on a daily basis.
📒A Purpose For Life ✍ Alexander Zax
📝A Purpose for Life Book Synopsis : "Measurable and cost-effective Service (not wealth, fame, looks or ancestry) is The Key to personal happiness and determining a person's real worth. You can find it (and the lack of it) in people of all professions, political persuasions, religious groups and economic strata. The nature of their politics, religion, profession, or the degree of their wealth or fame, are not very relevant in determining a person's intelligence or heart. The joy they experience delivering useful service to - family, friends, customers, employees, employers, community, country and planet (in ever-widening spheres of influence, depending on one's ability and interests) - may be a better gauge of those qualities." "This is a book of answers for the next generation. Answers about sex, money, war, racism, life and death. Every teenager and young adult needs this book." AUTHOR BIO: Alexander Zax has enjoyed an atypical career in diverse fields. He first worked for 20 years in the social service arena (for long hours with low pay), and then spent 10 years building his own multi-million dollar businesses. He did this while helping to raise four daughters who are themselves successfully serving others in their careers today. From this he learned the common denominator to succeed in any field is a commitment to service over income. He has now founded www.TheServiceFoundation.com to help spread that philosophy.
📒Brave New Canada ✍ Derek H. Burney
📝Brave New Canada Book Synopsis : Globalization and the shifting tectonic plates of the international system have led to an increasingly competitive world. If Canada hopes to gain advantage from the dramatic developments underway it will have to aggressively adapt its foreign and domestic policies and priorities under the clear direction of the federal government or accept being left behind. In Brave New Canada, Derek Burney and Fen Hampson identify the key trends that are reshaping the world's geopolitics and economics and discuss the challenges Canada confronts with the rise of China and other global centres of power. Their examination of a wide range of themes - including the place of pluralistic democratic values in diplomacy, economics, and trade, the ways that Canada should reset relations with its neighbour to the south, as well as how to manage new global security threats - paints a picture of how Canada can become bold, assertive, and confident and easily adjust to a new global landscape. Arguing that a successful foreign policy cannot be crafted by looking at the world in the rear-view mirror, Brave New Canada offers evidence-based, provocative prescriptions for both the public and private sectors that should stimulate discussion and command widespread attention.
📒A People S History Of Poverty In America ✍ Stephen Pimpare
📝A People s History of Poverty in America Book Synopsis : In this compulsively readable social history, political scientist Stephen Pimpare vividly describes poverty from the perspective of poor and welfare-reliant Americans from the big city to the rural countryside. He focuses on how the poor have created community, secured shelter, and found food and illuminates their battles for dignity and respect. Through prodigious archival research and lucid analysis, Pimpare details the ways in which charity and aid for the poor have been inseparable, more often than not, from the scorn and disapproval of those who would help them. In the rich and often surprising historical testimonies he has collected from the poor in America, Pimpare overturns any simple conclusions about how the poor see themselves or what it feels like to be poor—and he shows clearly that the poor are all too often aware that charity comes with a price. It is that price that Pimpare eloquently questions in this book, reminding us through powerful anecdotes, some heart-wrenching and some surprisingly humorous, that poverty is not simply a moral failure.
📒Halfway To Heaven ✍ Mark Obmascik
📝Halfway to Heaven Book Synopsis : The author recounts his effort to scale Colorado's fifty-four mountains above 14,000 feet, a quest marked by the search for hiking partners among eccentric candidates and his exploration of the culture and history of the "Fourteeners."
📒Go Get Me Back ✍ Clementine Nicholson
📝Go Get Me Back Book Synopsis : This book is for you if you have ever: done a handstand after lovemaking to work with gravity. - overdosed on black licorice to heighten fertility. - faked a thermometer reading for good measure. In between the "heavy boot" chapters of infertility, I share a hodgepodge of our Friday night date escapes. I give creative date ideas to feed the relationship and give it a vacation. On Friday night, we take turns creating and surprising each other with a theme date. The dates are a mix of fun, artsy, outdoorsy, adventurous, glamorous, silly, cultural, sentimental, elaborate, and humbly homemade. It is on these dates we found our answer. What happens if you are kind, optimistic, spiritual vegetarians who have tried every natural and Western medical measure to get pregnant and still you have no bump? How long would you defy your real purpose? I gave it longer than I should have, I didn't realize I wanted to be healthy and in a good marriage more than I wanted to have a baby. I sacrificed a lot in trying to get pregnant, but when it came down to trading in my health and husband for a child, my choice became clear. I wanted our lives to be happy, giving and prosperous. This is my journey there.