2007 Threat #01 Poverty Top Books

Earth Threat #1: Poverty

A Listmania! list by Robert David STEELE Vivas (Oakton, VA United States)
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)
The list author says: “There are ten threats, twelve policies, and eight players other than the EU and USA that matter if we are to get a grip on our future. Each of these 30 topics is addressed at www.earth-intelligence.net, and in Amazon discussion groups being created to bring together authors and readers to form a global information sharing network that will be superior to what secret intelligence and secret government bureaucracies can put together. This is how we save Humanity and our Earth–by taking back the power over relevant information and the policies that have here-to-fore been dominated by special interests instead of ourselves, the taxpayers and end-users.”
Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism
1.  Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus
The list author says:
“One of top four books in the field, by a proven social entrepreneur.  Earth Intelligence Network seeks to provide the poor with micro-knowledge the way this gentleman did with micro-loans.”
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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
2.  The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
The list author says:
“The bottom billion are those in extreme poverty–living on less than a dollar or two a day.”
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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
3.  The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
The list author says:
“See my longer review.  I agree with this author, who condemns the “economics” of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization as both ignorant and destructive of developing countries.”
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
4.  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
The list author says:
“This book really got to me.  When I realized that some people are so poor that their refrigerator is a plastic bag in the toilet water tank, I was shaken.”
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A Framework for Understanding Poverty
5.  A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne
The list author says:
“Helpful.  See the end of the list for several books and two DVDs on immoral predatory capitalism that causes poverty at home and abroad.”
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Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
6.  Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
The list author says:
“Nobel Prize material–see also C. K. Prahalad’s book on “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.””
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Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology)
7.  Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Paul Farmer
The list author says:
“The title sums it up nicely.  What the rich fail to understand–which the elite in NYC understood in the 1920’s–is that poverty breeds infectuous disease, and as Larry Brilliant (Google.org) likes to point out, infectuous disease is indiscriminate–it has killed over twenty Popes, Presidents, Kings, Queens, and Prime Ministers.”
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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
8.  The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
The list author says:
“This book grabbed me.  See my longer review.  The author is correct, is you are working you should not be poor, but the reality is that we are making less now in real dollars than we did in the early 1970’s, CEOs are looting their own corportions while exporting jobs to child and sweatshop labor.  My personal estimate is that the dollar is today (2007) worth half what it wwas in the late 1980’s.”
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The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits
9.  The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits by C. K. Prahalad
The list author says:
“Utterly brilliant.  He should get a Nobel prize.  Top billion can afford disposable sub-zero refrigerators.  Bottom four billion need a two-dollar ceramic refrigerator, two long-necked containers with an air gap between them, that when buried in the ground will keep meat fresh for five days.”
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Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
10.  Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau
The list author says:
“There is PLENTY of money, it is just badly distributed and badly managed.  Every child should be able to sleep in a clean place sheltered from the weather, not go to sleep hungry, and have clean water to drink.  This is not rocket science, it is just evil tolerated by too many.”
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A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and The Business Solution for Ending Poverty
11.  A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and The Business Solution for Ending Poverty by Philip B. Smith
The list author says:
“Excellent reference.  As soon as I can get Earth Intelligence Network pumped up, we add to this a free cell phone for every neighborhood, and free on demand education (“how do I…” via cell phone in 33 languages and eventually in 183 languages.”
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Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
12.  Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
The list author says:
“I found this book inspiring.  See my longer review.”
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The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
13.  The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth
The list author says:
“Wow!”
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Poor People
14.  Poor People by William T. Vollmann
The list author says:
“Another perspective.”
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Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
15.  Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage by Kathryn Edin
The list author says:
“Understanding Part I.”
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Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, Second Edition with a New Foreword by Joe Feagin
16.  Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood, Second Edition with a New Foreword by Joe Feagin by Jay MacLeod
The list author says:
“Understanding Part II.”
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Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream
17.  Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream by Arne L. Kalleberg
The list author says:
“He has no idea.  No one–no one–is eligible to be President of this great nation until they can talk intelligently about the ten threats, twelve policies, and eight challengers, while also appointing a transpartisan sunshine cabinet in advance of election, and signing the electoral reform pledge (all this and more at www.citizens-party.org).”
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Less Is More: An Anthology of Ancient & Modern Voices Raised in Praise of Simplicity
18.  Less Is More: An Anthology of Ancient & Modern Voices Raised in Praise of Simplicity by Goldian VandenBroeck
The list author says:
“Absolutely dead on.”
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When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor
19.  When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor by William J. Wilson
The list author says:
“Worth noting.  The poor all over the world are rushing the cities.  It’s all connected.  See especially Earth Threat #2: Infectuous Disease.”
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Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference (BK Currents (Paperback))
20.  Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference (BK Currents (Paperback)) by Karen Speerstra
The list author says:
“Not serioius until we restore self-governance and start waging peace, but might as well feel good in the meantime.”
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The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor
21.  The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World’s Poor by Scott Bessenecker
The list author says:
“I really admire this, and I also believe in liberation theology, which the current neo-Nazi Pope is trying to stamp out.”
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The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans
22.  The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans by Beth Shulman
The list author says:
“Right on.  If I ever have a President listen to me, there will be two tax rates for corporations: one for those that have unions, and one for those that do not.”
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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities
23.  Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities by Ruby K. Payne
The list author says:
“I like this in part because I believe that no community should fail those who are willing to work but fall into poverty.”
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The Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business
24.  The Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business by Graham Hancock
The list author says:
“I agree with this.  See also William Shawcross, Deliver Us from Evil, on how our mis-directed “humanitarian” assistance creates black markets and prolongs civil conflicts.”
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Submerge: Living Deep in a Shallow World: Service, Justice and Contemplation Among the World's Poor
25.  Submerge: Living Deep in a Shallow World: Service, Justice and Contemplation Among the World’s Poor by John B. Hayes
The list author says:
“Worthy.  I would like to restore universal service with one big difference: not only does every American serve after high school or after college if they sign  a contract prior to entering college, but they can choose one of three paths: armed forces, peace corps, or homeland service teaching or helping the poor.  Immigrants desiring citizenship must sserve two years to qualify.”
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The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy
26.  The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy by William J. Wilson
The list author says:
“Useful overview.”
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One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All
27.  One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All by Mark R. Rank
The list author says:
“Bingo.”
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Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, And Global Service
28.  Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, And Global Service by Edward O’Neil
The list author says:
“Provocative.”
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Understanding Poverty
29.  Understanding Poverty by Sheldon H. Danziger
The list author says:
“Helpful.”
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Promises Not Kept: Poverty and The Betrayal of Third World Development
30.  Promises Not Kept: Poverty and The Betrayal of Third World Development by John Isbister
The list author says:
“See the books on predatory capitalism at the top of the list.”
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The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order
31.  The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order by Michel Chossudovsky
The list author says:
“Important thoughtful views.”
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The Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution and the Industrial System
32.  The Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution and the Industrial System by Lionel Tiger
The list author says:
“Core book on how industrial era killed trust, kinship, and ethics.”
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
33.  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
The list author says:
“No more than 10% of this book is flakey (working for NSA).  This is pure gold and needs to be taken very seriously.”
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The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
34.  The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism by John C. Bogle
The list author says:
“The author nails it–our financial system is consolidating wealth at the top, looting the commonwealth, and destroying the seed corn of our nation, educated fully employed people.”
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The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
35.  The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy by William Greider
The list author says:
“This brilliant book nails it–immoral predatory capitalism is killing the USA as well as the rest of the world.”
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Pathology Of Power
36.  Pathology Of Power by Cousins Norman
The list author says:
“Applies to corporations as well as governments.”
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The Corporation
37.  The Corporation DVD ~ Milton Friedman
The list author says:
“This is a MUST for every Amewrican.  Host a party and show this one week-end, and Wal-Mart the next.  Then show Bush’s Brain DVD.  See my list of serious DVDs.”
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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
38.  Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price DVD ~ Robert Greenwald
The list author says:
“Absolutely riveting.  Wal-Mart is not only killing local economies for a 150 miles around each store, putting people into poverty, but they are polluting the oceans with their fish farms and wasting vast amounts of oil bringing cheap goods from sweatshops in China to the USA.”
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