The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty Hardcover – Mar 3 2009
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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.See all Product Description
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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.