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"I wrote this book because I love my country and I'm concerned about our future," writes Bill Clinton. "As I often said when I first ran for President in 1992, America at its core is an idea--the idea that no matter who you are or where you're from, if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll have the freedom and opportunity to pursue your own dreams and leave your kids a country where they can chase theirs." In Back to Work, Clinton details how we can get out of the current economic crisis and lay a foundation for long-term prosperity. He offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work and create new businesses, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, and restore our manufacturing base. He supports President Obama's emphasis on green technology, saying that change in the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy and enhance our national security. Clinton also says that we need both a strong economy and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress. He demonstrates that whenever we've given in to the temptation to blame government for our problems, we've lost our commitment to shared prosperity, balanced growth, financial responsibility, and investment in the future. That has led our nation into trouble because there are some things we have to do together. For example, he says, "Our ability to compete in the twenty-first century is dependent on our willingness to invest in infrastructure: we need faster broadband, a state-of-the-art national electrical grid, modernized water and sewer systems, and the best airports, trains, roads, and bridges. "There is no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy," writes Clinton, "with a philosophy grounded in 'You're on your own' rather than 'We're all in this together.'" Clinton believes that conflict between government and the private sector has proved to be remarkably good politics, but it has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with few jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position. In the real world, cooperation works much better than conflict, and "we need victories in the real world."
Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. Giving is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals the extraordinary and innovative efforts now being made by companies and organizations and by individuals to solve problems and save lives both down the street and around the world. Then it urges us to seek out what each of us, regardless of income, available time, age, and skills, can do to help, to give people a chance to live out their dreams. Bill Clinton shares his own experiences and those of other givers, representing a global flood tide of nongovernmental, nonprofit activity. These remarkable stories demonstrate that gifts of time, skills, things, and ideas are as important and effective as contributions of money. From Bill and Melinda Gates to a six-year-old California girl named McKenzie Steiner, who organized and supervised drives to clean up the beach in her community, Clinton introduces us to both well-known and unknown heroes of giving. Among them: Dr. Paul Farmer, who grew up living in the family bus in a trailer park, vowed to devote his life to giving high-quality medical care to the poor and has built innovative public health-care clinics first in Haiti and then in Rwanda; a New York couple, in Africa for a wedding, who visited several schools in Zimbabwe and were appalled by the absence of textbooks and school supplies. They founded their own organization to gather and ship materials to thirty-five schools. After three years, the percentage of seventh-graders who pass reading tests increased from 5 percent to 60 percent; Oseola McCarty, who after seventy-five years of eking out a living by washing and ironing, gave $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi to endow a scholarship fund for African-American students; Andre Agassi, who has created a college preparatory academy in the Las Vegas neighbourhood with the city's highest percentage of at-risk kids. 'Tennis was a stepping-stone for me,' says Agassi. 'Changing a child's life is what I always wanted to do'. Heifer International, which gave twelve goats to a Ugandan village. Within a year, Beatrice Biira's mother had earned enough money selling goat's milk to pay Beatrice's school fees and eventually to send all her children to school and, as required, to pass on a baby goat to another family, thus multiplying the impact of the gift. Clinton speaks about men and women who traded in their corporate careers, and the fulfillment they now experience through giving. He speaks about energy-efficient practices, about progressive companies going green, about promoting fair wages and decent working conditions around the world. He shows us how one of the most important ways of giving can be an effort to change, improve, or protect a government policy. He outlines what we as individuals can do, the steps we can take, how much we should consider giving, and why our giving is so important. Bill Clinton's own actions in his post-presidential years have had an enormous impact on the lives of millions. Through his foundation and his work in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, he has become an international spokesperson and model for the power of giving. 'We all have the capacity to do great things,' President Clinton says. 'My hope is that the people and stories in this book will lift spirits, touch hearts, and demonstrate that citizen activism and service can be a powerful agent of change in the world.'
INSPIRING STORIES OF FOURTEEN VISIONARIES WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD--AND A BOLD CALL TO ACTION TO MOTIVATE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS There's Amy Lehman, a gutsy single mother who is building a floating health clinic on Lake Tanganyika; Jimmie Briggs, a journalist campaigning to stop violence against girls and women; and Jacob Lief, a young American who founded a school for street children in South Africa. You will discover how Josh Nesbit, Isaac Holeman, and Nadim Mahmud are connecting rural patients to hospitals using cellphone technology, how Susana De Anda is bringing fresh water to the migrant workers in California's San Joaquin Valley, and how Andeisha Farid is establishing, in the face of war, orphanages for Afghanistan's child victims of war and poverty. These are just some of the stories that will inspire you. Visionaries don't wait for others to take action. They step out. They are brave. They walk the walk. And they connect with others in deep and real ways. Jill Iscol's message is that everyone has the talent and compassion to make the world a better place. Hearts on Fire is a call to action for all of us.Praise for Hearts on Fire "Attention must be paid to these lives and these stories. In Jill Iscol's capable hands, their stories offer us hope--just when we need it."--Brian Williams, NBC News "What inspiring stories of people who have made meaningful lives through service and sacrifice--one person at a time. These are our world leaders!"--Richard Gere "Hearts on Fire is one of the most inspiring books I've read."--Tina Brown, editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast and Newsweek "Clear and compelling . . . I know you will be inspired by the visionaries in Hearts on Fire."--President Bill Clinton "A powerful call to action for each of us to marry passion with purpose and act boldly in the quest for a more just and sustainable world."--Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green "Powerful and eloquent, Hearts on Fire is a passionate and infectious invitation to get involved and help make the world a better place."--Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University "A beautifully appointed treasure box filled with inspiration and possibility. You cannot read this book without wanting to do more."--Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund "A desperately needed antidote for those discouraged by the dysfunctional politics that have left so many on our planet vulnerable and voiceless."--Billy Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength "Hearts on Fire reminds us that we need to dream again, inspire again, and act again."--Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore "Vivid, down-to-earth, and well-told, Hearts on Fire will comfort and inspire anybody trying to do a little bit to make this world a more connected and compassionate place."--Ethan Nichtern, founder of The InterDependence Project, and author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence
"Mi vida", del presidente Clinton, es un impresionante y sorprendentemente honesto retrato de un líder global que decidió cuando era joven que dedicaría sus dotes intelectuales y políticas, y su extraordinaria capacidad para el trabajo duro, al servicio de los ciudadanos. Nos muestra la trayectoria de un americano notable que, gracias a su enorme energía y esfuerzo, logró realizar el improbable viaje desde Hope, Arkansas, hasta la Casa Blanca, un trayecto alimentado por el apasionado interés en el proceso político que manifestó en cada etapa de su vida: en la universidad, trabajando como becario para el senador William Fulbright; en Oxford, cuando formó parte del movimiento de protesta contra la guerra de Vietnam; en la facultad de Derecho de Yale, haciendo campaña a nivel de base para los candidatos demócratas; y de nuevo en Arkansas, cuando se presentó como candidato al Congreso, a fiscal general y al cargo de gobernador. A lo largo de esta obra, somos testigos de cómo su carrera política se forjó a partir de un compromiso firme con el avance de los derechos civiles y de una excepcional capacidad de comprender los detalles prácticos, de la vida política. El libro del presidente Clinton es también la narración más completa, matizada y con más detalles concretos de una presidencia, pues no solo abarca los momentos más destacados de las crisis, sino también la manera en que la presidencia funciona realmente: el bombardeo cotidiano de problemas, personalidades, conflictos, reveses y éxitos." (Tomado de Cúspide libros)
President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous energies and efforts, made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House--a journey fueled by an impassioned interest in the political process which manifested itself at every stage of his life: in college, working as an intern for Senator William Fulbright; at Oxford, becoming part of the Vietnam War protest movement; at Yale Law School, campaigning on the grassroots level for Democratic candidates; back in Arkansas, running for Congress, attorney general, and governor.We see his career shaped by his resolute determination to improve the life of his fellow citizens, an unfaltering commitment to civil rights, and an exceptional understanding of the practicalities of political life.We come to understand the emotional pressures of his youth--born after his father's death; caught in the dysfunctional relationship between his feisty, nurturing mother and his abusive stepfather, whom he never ceased to love and whose name he took; drawn to the brilliant, compelling Hillary Rodham, whom he was determined to marry; passionately devoted, from her infancy, to their daughter, Chelsea, and to the entire experience of fatherhood; slowly and painfully beginning to comprehend how his early denial of pain led him at times into damaging patterns of behavior.President Clinton's book is also the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written--encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works: the day-to-day bombardment of problems, personalities, conflicts, setbacks, achievements.It is a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right, and how he survived and prevailed. It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:* The ten-year-old boy watching the national political conventions on his family's new (and first) television set.* The young candidate looking for votes in the Arkansas hills and the local seer who tells him, "Anybody who would campaign at a beer joint in Joiner at midnight on Saturday night deserves to carry one box. . . . You'll win here. But it'll be the only damn place you win in this county." (He was right on both counts.)* The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign.* The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole.* The delicate manipulation needed to convince Rabin and Arafat to shake hands for the camera while keeping Arafat from kissing Rabin.* The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidency.Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice. A unique book by a unique American.From the Hardcover edition.
As seen in USA TODAY, the Wall Street Journal, Money, and the Los Angeles Times, Paying for College Without Going Broke will help you: * Calculate the actual costs of college * Increase your chances of receiving aid * Compare aid offers and learn how to appeal if needed * Plan strategically as an independent student or divorced or single parent * Avoid costly mistakes when applying Paying for College Without Going Broke includes a foreword by Bill Clinton, as well as in-depth line-by-line strategies for filling out 2012-2013 aid forms, including the required federal FAFSA form.
The story of UNITAID begins with two world leaders but quickly becomes a lesson in popular philanthropy, involving millions of people each making a small contribution to a program aimed at treating and ultimately eliminating the threat of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world. In partnership with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), UNICEF, and other organizations, UNITAID has pioneered techniques for raising massive amounts of money from a wide pool of donors. UNITAID's newest program, collecting small contributions via a check-box on the world's biggest travel websites, launches in the United States in January 2010. It is a fascinating model for philanthropy, proving that you can scale up both the fundraising and the ambition of lifesaving treatment programs. Moreover, UNITAID has proved able to continue its work uninterrupted by the financial turmoil that has blighted other private and government aid programs. It provides a model for challenging times. Launched as a crucial component of UNITAID's "MassiveGood" substantial national publicity and promotion campaign,Power in Numbersis an inspiring case study for anyone interested in social justice, public health, philanthropy, or fundraising.
Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer's vision in a single, accessible volume. A must-read for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World: * Challenges readers to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights; * Champions the power of partnership against global poverty, climate change, and other pressing problems today; * Overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care; * Discusses how hope, solidarity, faith, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer's service to the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, and elsewhere; * Leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.
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