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The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty Hardcover – Mar 3 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (March 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400067103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400067107
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advance praise for The Life You Can Save

“Part plea, part manifesto, part handbook, this short and surprisingly compelling book sets out to answer two difficult questions: why people in affluent countries should donate money to fight global poverty and how much each should give. . . . Singer doesn’t ask readers to choose between asceticism and self-indulgence; his solution can be found in the middle, and it is reasonable and rewarding for all.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If you think you can’t afford to give money to the needy, I urge you to read this book. If you think you’re already giving enough, and to the right places, still I urge you to read this book. In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer makes a strong case–logical and factual, but also emotional–for why each of us should be doing more for the world’s impoverished. This book will challenge you to be a better person.”
–Holden Karnofsky, co-founder, GiveWell


“In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer challenges each of us to ask: Am I willing to make poverty history? Skillfully weaving together parable, philosophy, and hard statistics, he tackles the most familiar moral, ethical, and ideological obstacles to building a global culture of philanthropy, and sets the bar for how we as citizens might do our part to empower the world’s poor.”
–Raymond C. Offenheiser, president, Oxfam America

About the Author

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books, including Animal Liberation, widely considered to be the founding statement of the animal rights movement, Practical Ethics, and One World: Ethics and Globalization.

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I bet you didn't know that a copy of this book has been sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, Leader of the Opposition Ignatieff, Gilles Duceppe, Jack Layton and the other 304 Members of Parliament. Why? Because this is a book that deserves to be read by those who make the decisions that affect our country. The Life You Can Save is the culmination of Peter Singer's work in the area of applied ethics for over 30 years. His conclusions are as simple as they are profound: if we can reduce the suffering of some of the world's impoverished people by making modest personal (and national) sacrifices, then it is ethically indefensible for us not to do so. While some may say this is like asking for support for motherhood and apple pie, the point Singer is trying to reinforce is that small changes to our micro and macro spending patterns can better the lives of millions. This is a worthwhile message presented in a compelling manner.
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Professor singer has written a very well thought out book, integrating intellectual, ethical, and emotional reasons for lending a hand to our fellow human beings.
His compelling arguments cannot be dismissed as mere "bleeding heart liberalism" or "political correctness". Nor does Mr. Singer allow us to hide behind justifications for doing nothing, such as simply blaming their poverty on over-population, laziness, corruption, etc, etc.

We live in an age of a high degree of narcissism, selfishness, materialism, greed/over-consumption, and entitlement, all fed into by the media and internet culture that allow us the illusion of feeling independent and disconnected, fostering self-satisfaction and passivity.

Mr. Singer's book is a wonderful break from that culture, and a call for responsibility and action, without feeling like he is "preaching" - which nobody likes.

An excellent book.
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"The Life You Can Save" effectively deconstructs all those many reasons why we, as relatively wealthy people, rationalize why we shouldn't give more to alleviate world poverty. This book provides wise, kind counsel.
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It is very informative and i intend to keep it for future reference.
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Great book! So inspiring!
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