The Missionary Position

Author: Christopher Hitchens
Editor: Verso
ISBN: 9781859840542
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Explores the work of Mother Teresa, questioning her association with corrupt and cruel leaders and discussing the way wealthy western society promotes her as a celebrity

Banker To The Poor

Author: Muhammad Yunus
Editor: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1586485466
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Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus's clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent. Around the world, micro-lending programs inspired by Grameen are blossoming, with more than three hundred programs established in the United States alone. Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus's memoir of how he decided to change his life in order to help the world's poor. In it he traces the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to fundamentally rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor, and the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen. He also provides wise, hopeful guidance for anyone who would like to join him in "putting homelessness and destitution in a museum so that one day our children will visit it and ask how we could have allowed such a terrible thing to go on for so long." The definitive history of micro-credit direct from the man that conceived of it, Banker to the Poor is necessary and inspirational reading for anyone interested in economics, public policy, philanthropy, social history, and business. Muhammad Yunus was born in Bangladesh and earned his Ph.D. in economics in the United States at Vanderbilt University, where he was deeply influenced by the civil rights movement. He still lives in Bangladesh, and travels widely around the world on behalf of Grameen Bank and the concept of micro-credit.

Creating A World Without Poverty

Author: Muhammad Yunus
Editor: Public Affairs
ISBN: 1586486675
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The author describes his vision for an innovative business model that would combine the power of free markets with a quest for a more humane, egalitarian world that could help alleviate world poverty, inequality, and other social problems.

Reunion

Author: Fred Uhlman
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1446468321
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Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian Reunion is a little-known but perfect novel with fans including Ian McEwan, John Boyne, Deborah Moggach, David Nicholls, Meg Rosoff and Sarah Perry. On a grey afternoon in 1932, a Stuttgart classroom is stirred by the arrival of a newcomer. Middle-class Hans is intrigued by the aristocratic new boy, Konradin, and before long they become best friends. It’s a friendship of the greatest kind, of shared interests and long conversations, of hikes in the German hills and growing up together. But the boys live in a changing Germany. Powerful, delicate and daring, Reunion is a story of the fragility, and strength, of the bonds between friends. 'Exquisite' Guardian 'I loved Reunion and found it very moving' John Boyne WITH AN AFTERWORD BY RACHEL SEIFFERT

The Old And The Young

Author: Luigi Pirandello
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ISBN: 9781781390221
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A historical novel reflecting the Sicily of the end of the 19th century.

Il Banchiere Dei Poveri

Author: Yunus Muhammad
Editor: Feltrinelli Editore
ISBN: 8807948737
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Muhammad Yunus vive in uno dei paesi più poveri del mondo. Ad arginare gli effetti devastanti delle calamità naturali, della malnutrizione, della povertà strutturale, dell'analfabetismo e della alta densità di popolazione, in Bangladesh, non sono bastati i trenta miliardi di dollari degli aiuti internazionali. E' difficile, quindi, immaginare che l'Occidente abbia qualcosa da imparare da questo paese. Eppure, è nata qui la Grameen Bank e con essa un'idea per far sparire la povertà dalla faccia della terra. Il professor Yunus ha trovato il modo, accordando minuscoli prestiti ai diseredati della terra, di fornire al 10% della popolazione - bengalese (dodici milioni di persone) gli strumenti per uscire dalla miseria, e di trasferire poi la sperimentazione del microcredito dal Terzo mondo ai poveri di altri paesi. La banca presta denaro, a tassi bonificati, solo ai poverissimi: in questo modo coloro che non potevano ottenere prestiti dai tradizionali istituti di credito (e sono state in maggioranza donne) vengono messi nella condizione di affrancarsi dall'usura, di allargare la propria base economica e di prendere in mano il proprio destino. Questo libro, che è già un bestseller e che ha ispirato un film, ci racconta come è stato possibile realizzare tutto ci".

Captains Courageous A Story Of The Grand Banks

Author: RUDYARD KIPLING
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Understanding Power

Author: John Schoeffel
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458788172
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In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America's imperialistic foreign policy and the decline of domestic social services, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change. With an eye to political activism and the media's role in popular struggle, as well as U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Understanding Power offers a sweeping critique of the world around us and is definitive Chomsky. Characterized by Chomsky's accessible and informative style, this is the ideal book for those new to his work as well as for those who have been listening for years.

Building Social Business

Author: Muhammad Yunus
Editor: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1586488635
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Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a visionary new dimension for capitalism which he calls “social business.” By harnessing the energy of profit-making to the objective of fulfilling human needs, social business creates self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth even as they produce goods and services that make the world a better place. In this book, Yunus shows how social business has gone from being a theory to an inspiring practice, adopted by leading corporations, entrepreneurs, and social activists across Asia, South America, Europe and the US. He demonstrates how social business transforms lives; offers practical guidance for those who want to create social businesses of their own; explains how public and corporate policies must adapt to make room for the social business model; and shows why social business holds the potential to redeem the failed promise of free-market enterprise.

Cosima

Author: Grazia Deledda
Editor:
ISBN: 9780704301498
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"Cosima" tells the story of an aspiring writer growing up in Nuoro, Sardinia during the last decades of the nineteenth century when formal education for women was rare and literary careers unheard-of. Based on Deledda's own life, the work describes a young woman's struggle against the dismay and disapproval of her family and friends at her creative ambitions. Yet it also reads like a charming fable with details of family life, rural traditions and wild bandits, and it is as much a novel of memory as of character or action. Deledda's characters are poor country folk driven by some predetermined force. Their loves are tragic, their lives as hard and as rigidly controlled as nature itself in the hills of Sardinia. Deledda creates memorable figures who play out their lives against this backdrop of mountains and bare plains, sheepfolds and vineyards. Shimmering in the distance is the sea and escape - for a few - to the Continent or America. In 1926 Grazia Deledda became the second woman and the second Italian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She wrote thirty-three novels, including "Reeds in the Wind," and many books of short stories, almost all set on Sardinia. Her work has become well known to English-speaking readers through Martha King's translations for Italica Press.