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Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for a Better World Hardcover – October 8, 2009

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In this essay collection, a crowd of professionals and activists working to improve the world (including Queen Noor, Dave Eggers, Newt Gingrich, and Rachel Ray) each comment on an issue, and suggest concrete ways readers can make a difference in four arenas of action: world, country, community and home. The volume begins, ambitiously enough, with a typically spirited President Jimmy Carter addressing world peace; his list of actions include teaching children that true strength doesn't come from violence or aggression, celebrating International Day of Peace (9/21) in our communities, and "asking your representatives the hard questions." ("Hold them accountable for the conflicts we enter as a nation.") Some of the most absorbing essays are written by ordinary citizen-activists: Richard Castaldo, who was shot at Columbine ten years ago, suggests that readers take reporting violence, especially in schools, seriously ("Eighty percent of victimizations go unreported"). Though some accounts are instantly forgettable, the best evoke genuine outrage, such as the story told by Children's Health Fund co-founder Irwin Redlener, about a homeless eight-year-old identified as "learning disabled" when his real diagnosis, tragically, was an untreated cleft palate, noted but neglected at infancy. This broad primer on the world's issues, big-scale and small, works as a useful gadfly for social change, appropriate for students and any neophyte do-gooder.
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“Throughout my life I have witnessed ordinary Americans involved in extraordinary acts of service.  Collectively, these individual acts build momentum and become a movement for lasting change.  I encourage everyone who reads these pages to think about how you can do something big or small to make a difference in your house, on your block, in your community, or throughout the world.”
--Alma Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214863
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Carrasco on October 17, 2009
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An inspiring action filled guide to making our world a better place. We cannot afford to sit back; Robert McKinnon sparks us on with numerous practical pathways to action. It caused me to connect with my godchildren and encourage them to participate in their homes, schools and communities. A must read.
Yvonne Carrasco
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