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Local Heroes Changing America Hardcover – October 2, 2000

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About the Author

Tom Rankin is executive director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (October 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393050289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393050288
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 0.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,589,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Local Heroes Changing America" is an extraordinary collection of stories and photographs by some of America's finest photographers and writers. Having just seen the exhibition here in Chicago at the Terra Museum, I can only say that this book should be brought by everyone who wants to know if pictures and words together still have the power to inspire and create social change. They do, and this book, and the traveling exhibition, shows why. Buy one for yourself, and one for a friend. They will definitely thank you. If the exhibition is in your city, make it a point to go, and take others. Work like this, that speaks so powerfully and compassionately, should be widely and enthusiastically supported.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is understandably fragmentary because its interview-based format. As a pastiche of American life, this format is interesting and pretty effective. However, if your main interest in reading the book is to find out about innovative programs around the US, presumably with an eye toward participating yourself, is a bit difficult to get a coherent view of what's happening in each section. For instance, I would have preferred to have a bit more detail about how each of the organizations was started, what problems were overcome early on and which were still being faced -- there wasn't much pragmatic detail, there were a lot of impressions. There wasn't even contact information for the organizations in the book. The overall impression was more coffee-table book than a practical manual for change.
Here are synopses of the 12 organizations described in the book.
1) Doula Service, Univ. Hospital, in Stony Brook, NY.
'Doula' is a Greek word meaning servant, and today it means someone who offers emotional and practical support at the pre-natal, labor, postpartum stages. Talks about how doulas engage in this "ancient, humanizing approach to supporting birth".

2) Dine bi' iina', Inc., in the Navajo Nation "Dine bi' iina'" means "Navajo lifeways". It's a group of Navajo herders, weavers, and cultural activists, working to find ways to prosper while maintaining traditional ways of life. The titl machine that e of this section is "A Traditional Future".

3) Eau Claire Community of Shalom, in Eau Claire-North Columbia, SC
The Community of Shalom is a nat'l initiative of the United Methodist Church.
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