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Giving

Book Review   by:Room101     Original Author: Bill Clinton
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Bill Clinton compiled anecdotes, ideas, stories and statistics into is 2007 book ‘Giving.’ The subtitle, How Each of Us Can Change the World, captures his objective: to inspire people to help others. The examples he provides of ways in which people can give range from regularly people volunteering for adult literacy programs to billionaires donating large percentages of their wealth to important causes. The chapters are awkwardly divided into the different ways in which people can give. For example, giving time, giving money, giving to good ideas. The types of causes people are urged to contribute to are predictable and uncontroversial – end poverty in our own countries and in poor nations, improve the environment, fight diseases. While most of the book is on ways individuals can help others, there is a chapter on things governments can to do help others. The former president listed the legislation and programs enacted while in office which improved Americans’ lives. Presumably, each of us can change the world if enough of us elect the right type of politician who will implement effective public policies. The author gives several pages to praise his wife for her record of giving as well as his former running mate Al Gore for his achievements in global warming awareness.
Published: December 14, 2007   
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