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Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 4, 2007
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"Giving is essentially a manual for those people who might be tempted to follow Clinton's example and give their time, skills or money to a good cause...Clinton depicts a world in which men and women can move mountains" * Sunday Telegraph * "This is a good book in the literal sense that, if everyone who read it took the author's advice, the world would almost certainly be a better place" * Guardian * "As an inspirational primer for giving, as opposed to getting, his book should be in every school, every office and every library" * The Times * "Bill Clinton's call to linked arms silences most doubters with its weight of detail" * Observer * "Clinton recounts some truly inspiring stories" * Washington Post * --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, 42nd President of the United States, is founder of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
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Both Bill and Hilary Clinton have been longtime supporters of the "microfinance" principles typified by the Grameen Bank (Professor Eunus' cooperative enterprise model of entrepreneurship). Giving "poor" people a motivation and a stake in the future (building and preserving for the future generations - their children) through co-opting them into entrepreneurial enterprises, not just as workers but as equity partners, is a far better way to banish poverty and solve the local problems that often can easily be overcome with modern technology. The opportunities to do this are particularly ripe as the world transitions toward non-fossil carbon fuels (i.e. Green fuels) like we are doing at [...] with algae based fuels, that also can be a feed source, in the short term for livestock, but in the longer term can also probably feed the world as well as fuel it, if we choose to take that route.
"Giving" is about alternatives like that. It could almost be retitled, "Choices", because it gives a much broader view of giving that we normally take. It is well worth the time to read, although, of course, President Clinton's voice is charming if you want to hear the audio version instead. Great for a long car journey.
Stafford "Doc" Williamson
The first two-thirds of this book gave me the exact same feeling. Every chapter covers too much names that are soon to be forgotten by the time you enter the next chapter. No matter how inspiring these people are, you cannot ask the average reader to remember the UNC, DDA, EXRE and whatever NGO is being mentioned.
And then, out of the blue, the book does get interesting. Most of this is due to the change in writing and you get a sense of personal touch in its writings. It doesn't even surprise me if Mr. Clinton only wrote some of this book.
The people mentioned in this book deserve better than just being a paragraph in a chapter. Maybe Mr. Clinton should call his good ol' pal Al and make a documentary about this book, because it does hold award-winning content...
So when it came time for me to get a book to give me examples of where I could start to help I choose his book.
Although, I do feel like this book was full of statistics and it was drawn out I had to keep in mind that this book was written by a former President. His way of persuading people to do what he wants is always backed by statistics and high-powered people with money.
There were a couple of stories he highlighted of regular people who started volunteer efforts starting from the ground up. Bill has been involved in hundreds of Charity efforts, but his skill has mostly been used in raising the capital needed to help and sustain these charities.
I think I was looking for a more intimate look at volunteerism. Although, I did get a lot of ideas; organizations I would like to participate in and donate to; I also came up with my own ideas of things I would like to see done in my community. I realize it won't be as easy as it was outlined in his book. As a matter of fact I know it's gonna be 10X's harder, but this book has inspired me to believe that things came change.