- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (December 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465008232
- ISBN-13: 978-0465008230
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is an eye opener about who really cares, the liberal, the conservative, the religious or the secular. Who really cares enough to reach in their pocket and give some money, or who really care enough to volunteer their time is answered in this book and the answer will surprise and enlighten you.
Religion (however you choose to measure it, and interestingly, regardless of flavor) increases the likelihood of giving to all forms of charity.
Believing that caring for others is the government's job decreases generosity *regardless* of whether the government is performing that function or not.
Being married and having children both increase the tendency to give even when you control for differences in income.
Despite what at least one reviewer has stated, Brooks makes it clear that there are exceptions to all of these patterns. He states that so often that I have to wonder if people ever bother to actually READ the books they're reviewing.
I do have some petty quibbles with the book. Brooks tries to compare U.S. and Europen taxes by just comparing income tax rates, which doesn't take goodies like the VAT into consideration. His concluding chapter, about how to increase charitable behavior, looks far too readily to the government for solutions when the whole tenor of the book is critical of its effectiveness.
Still, a fascinating book, and well worth reading.
You would do yourself a favor by reading this book, and practicing what Professor Brooks preaches: his research proves that if you do so, the life you improve by becoming more charitable might well be your own.
This book goes into great detail and uses only the data. It is not biased. It's interesting the read that the working poor give more than the rich when you take into account the percentage of their income.
It's also interesting to read that people who give are happier and that giving creates prosperity. I've always believed that --- in a secular and not religious way.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in giving and people who give and also to people who would like to increase their own prosperity by putting the law of giving into effect.
This is a well documented, well written book.