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release date: Dec 31, 2006
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Progress and Poverty (modern edition)
Why There Are Recessions And Poverty Amid Plenty- And What To Do About It! One of the world's best-selling books on political economy edited and abridged for modern readers. Many economists and politicians foster the illusion that great fortunes and poverty stem from the presence or absence of individual skill and risk-taking. Henry George, by contrast, showed that the wealth gap occurs because a few people are allowed to monopolize natural opportunities and deny them to others. George did not advocate equality of income, the forcible redistribution of wealth, or government management of the economy. He simply believed that in a society not burdened by the demands of a privileged elite, a full and satisfying life would be attainable by everyone.
release date: Oct 30, 2008
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The Old Leather Man: Historical Accounts of a Connecticut and New York Legend (Garnet Books)
In 1883, wearing a sixty-pound suit sewn from leather boot-tops, a wanderer known only as the Leather Man began to walk a 365 mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers that he would complete every 34 days, for almost six years. His circuit took him through at least 41 towns in southwestern Connecticut and southeastern New York, sleeping in caves, accepting food from townspeople, and speaking only in grunts and gestures along the way. What remains of the mysterious Leather Man today are the news clippings and photographs taken by the first-hand witnesses of this captivating individual. The Old Leather Man gathers the best of the early newspaper accounts of the Leather Man, and includes maps of his route, historic photographs of his shelters, the houses he was known to stop at along his way, and of the Leather Man himself. This history tracks the footsteps of the Leather Man and unravels the myths surrounding the man who made Connecticut’s caves his home.
release date: Aug 22, 1996
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Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America
Based on a heart-rending and much discussed series in the Washington Post, this is the story of one woman and her family living in the projects in Washington, D.C. A transcendent piece of writing, it won the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.For four years Leon Dash of the Washington Post followed the lives of Rosa Lee Cunningham, her children, and five of her grandchildren, in an effort to understand the persistence of poverty and pathology within America's black underclass. Rosa Lee's life story spans a half century of hardship in the slums and housing projects of Southeast Washington, a stone's throw from the marble halls and civic monuments of the world's most prosperous nation. Yet for all of America's efforts, Rosa Lee and millions like her remain trapped in a cycle of poverty characterized by illiteracy, teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violent crime.Dash brings us into her life and the lives of her family members offering a human drama that statistics can only refer to. He also shows how some people—including two of Rosa Lee's children—have made it out of the ghetto, breaking the cycle to lead stable middle-class lives in the mainstream of American society.
release date: Oct 01, 1994
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Time to Stop Pretending
In the passion of this story resounds the brave voice of one woman who harnessed her courage and creativity to overcome domestic violence, poverty, religious dependency, and homelessness.
Here is an inside look at domestic violence and how it is perpetuated, shown by one who witnessed it as a child, endured it in marriage, and courageously escaped. The author tells of quitting school at 16 to marry, of bearing eight children ("As far as Lou was concerned, pregnancy was like sex; neither required a wife's consent, and both required her cooperation," she says), of escaping her abusive father and then a husband who for years had rendered her hopeless and terror stricken. Her account of pushing on, through homelessness and shelter life with her children in New York City, to the daylight of education and wholesome surroundings, is inspiring. It is a story of one woman's experiences that speaks about society as a whole.
release date: Nov 30, 2000
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Street Crazy : America's Mental Health Tragedy
STREET CRAZY recounts one psychiatrist's experience with the mentally ill, who have often become homeless because of their disease. Using clear, straight-forward language, Dr. Stephen B. Seager explains brain disease, tells the often disturbing history of the mentally ill, and shows how, through a series of well-meaning legal mishaps, our most vulnerable citizens have been abandoned to the streets. By following Dr. Seager as he unravels the mystery behind John Doe, a sick young man brought to the hospital by the police, the reader will come to understand the degradation and suffering of the chronically mentally ill and their families, as well as the frustration and confusion experienced by those most intimately involved with caring for the homeless mentally ill. Finally, the author suggests some real action that we, as U.S. citizens, can take to solve this morally untenable but seemingly insurmountable dilemma.
release date: Jun 01, 1993
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Wealth and Poverty (ICS Series in Self-Governance)
Only by developing non-material sources of wealth such as creativity and technological adventure, contends Gilder, can we reverse the syndrome of increasing poverty, enhance productivity incentives, and make capitalism an investment with long-term returns
release date: Aug 20, 1996
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When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor
For the first time in the 20th century, the majority of adults in the inner cities are not working. In an important and long-awaited study, one of the country's leading sociologists, the acclaimed author of The Truly Disadvantaged, analyzes the disappearance of work and its effects on the inner city of Chicago.
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release date: Aug 24, 1995
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Poverty and Power: The Role of Institutions and the Market in Development
This book brings together thirteen contributors on the fundamental causes of poverty in Asia, showing the variety of ways in which poverty is generated, reproduced and deepened or reduced by the exercise of power. This central concept of power is not confined to the actions of the state but is also used to analyze the operations of market forces and institutions rooted in civil society. Contributions center on case studies from South and Southeast Asia, and touch upon the full range of activities from which poorer people can derive incomes. This wide-focus study, which touches on the development experience of many countries in South and Southeast Asia in a range of rural and urban employment activities, will be useful to all those interested in understanding the causes of poverty and in planning policies for its alleviation.
release date: Sep 01, 1991
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52 Ways to Help the Homeless People
Discusses how to respond to the needs of the homeless by reaching a deeper understanding of the problems they face and offering practical assistance through shelters, health clinics, church groups, and other organizations
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release date: Aug 22, 2002
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Understanding Social Exclusion
This book explores the issue of social exclusion. It asks three main questions: How can social exclusion be measured? What are its main determinants or influences? And what policies can reduce social exclusion? The authors aim to consider how a focus on social exclusion may alter the policy questions that are most relevant by fostering debate in government, research, and academic circles.
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