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Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
by Katherine Hannigan
Gr. 4-6. Ida B is happy with her life. She talks to the trees in her family’s orchard, enjoys being homeschooled, and is trying to be a good steward of the earth. But after her mother gets cancer, part of their land must be sold, and Ida B is forced to start public school, something her parents promised she wouldn’t have to do after a bad kindergarten experience. Once her world changes, Ida B changes, too; her sunny disposition turns steely gray. As Ida puts it, she hardens her heart, and the very resilience of her anger is something to behold.

Holes
By Louis Sachar
This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
By Margaret McNamara, Illustrations by Mike Gordon
Mrs. Connor’s students at Robin Hill School share their dreams for the future after learning about the day that celebrates the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Presidents’ Day
By Margaret McNamara
Mrs. Connor’s class knows they have a holiday in February, but do they know what it really means? They will after they learn all about Presidents’ Day—and why it’s more than just a Monday off from school!

Rules
by Cynthia Lord
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life, which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David rules in order to stop his embarrassing behavior. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Wash Your Hands! (Robin Hill School Ready-to-Read, Level 1)
By Margaret McNamara
Children in Mrs. Connor’s class get sick! But Mrs. Connor knows exactly how to get rid of the germs and soon enough everyone joins efforts to win in the battle against germs.

Playground Problem (Ready-to-Read, Level 1)
By Margaret McNamara
There’s a problem on the playground! The boys won’t let the girls play soccer with them during recess. Emma is furious! She figures out a plan to get them to change their minds, and in the end, they all learn that the best teams are the ones on which everyone gets to play.

Ramona and Her Father
by Beverly Cleary
When her father loses his job, Ramona decides to help out. Maybe she could earn a million dollars making a TV commercial, or get her father to stop smoking to save money (and his lungs)—she is full of ideas. Some work, some don’t. But when her father says he wouldn’t trade her for a million dollars, Ramona knows all is right in her world.

Global Issues: Democracy

Who Votes
Authors: Raymond E. Wolfinger and Steven J. Rosenstone
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publisher Of Arabic Edition: Al-Ahlia for Publishing and Distribution
158 pages
Who Votes deals with voting behavior in the United States, considering who votes in national elections, who does not, and why.  The authors, widely regarded as experts in political behavior studies, assess the sociological, motivational, and political factors that account for variation in electoral participation.

The U.S. Constitution for Everyone
Produced and illustrated by: Mort Gerbeg
Publisher: Perigee Books
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Al-Ahlia for Publishing and Distribution
64 pages
History comes alive-in this illustrated guide to the Constitution and all 27 Amendments.

  • Which state refused to send a delegation to the Constitutional Convention?
  • Why was the Convention held in secret, with sentries at the door?
  • What are the 27 Amendments?

The book presents the text of the Constitution, explains its fundamentals, and traces events leading up to its adoption in 1788. It explains the meanings of the most important parts of the US Constitution and its amendments and puts them in historical perspective at the same time.

The New American Democracy
Author: Morris P. Fiorina
Publisher: Longman
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Al-Ahlia for Publishing and Distribution, 720 pages
The New American Democracy offers a stimulating, analytical approach to American government and a unique perspective on contemporary politics with an emphasis on elections and their importance in the American political system. The authors — among the most well-known and well-respected scholars working in political science today –propose in their text that politicians today are perpetually engaged in the election process—a “permanent campaign”—which has profoundly affected how our government functions today.

Politics

Comparative Politics Today: A World View
Fifth Edition
Authors: Gabriel Almond and G. Bingham Powell Jr.
Publisher: Harper Collins (1992)
Publisher Of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh (1997)
1044 Pages
This book addresses socio-political developments in the world today, especially in the Soviet Union, reunited Germany, the United States, and Japan. It addresses changes in the world political map over the past few years, where change is the central theme of the 1990s. Free economies, democratization processes and strategies, deregulation, and privatization are the policy issues influencing the change process facing the world today. The book represents excellent reading for political science students and practitioners alike.

Global Issues – The Environment

Rain Water Harvesting in Dry Lands and Beyond- by Brad Lancaster
This is the first of a three-volume guide on how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. This book enables you to assess your on-site resources, gives you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empowers you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional water-harvesting plan specific to your site and needs. This volume helps bring your site to life, reduce your cost of living, endow you with skills of self-reliance, and create living air conditioners of vegetation growing beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!

Brad Lancaster has taught, designed, and consulted on the sustainable design system of permaculture and integrated rainwater harvesting systems since 1993. He lives on the thriving 1/8th-acre urban permaculture site he created in downtown Tucson, Arizona.

Marine and Coastal Protected Areas, 3rd Edition: A Guide for Planners and Managers

Authors: John R. Clark, Rodney V. Salm
Publisher: Island Press; 3 edition
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh
387 pages
This is useful as a source book. This book is divided into three parts. Part one introduces everything about Marine Protected Areas (MPA), an overview, including roles of MPA, site planning, stakeholder involvement, systematic selection of MPA, strategies and tolls for planning and managing MPA, and the legal basis of MPA. Part two and three introduce cases of various MPA. This “Guide to the Cases” is presented to enhance the reader’s search for relevant cases. This book also includes major fundamental skills for MPA except for case study part.

Dialogue and Peace-building

NEW TACTICS IN HUMAN RIGHTS:  A RESOURCE FOR PRACTITIONERS, by the Center for Victims of Torture
This workbook is a compilation of innovative tactics that provide a conceptual framework for thinking strategically and tactically about human rights.  The core of the book is 100 stories gathered from around the world and across numerous sectors about human rights work.  These stories are analyzed within a tactical context-in terms of resources needed, obstacles encountered and the problem being addressed.  The ABP is proud to introduce the Arabic version of this universal initiative and make it available for human rights organizations and practitioners throughout the Arab region.

THE MEDIATION PROCESS:  PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR RESOLVING CONFLICT, by Christopher W. Moore
Since it was first published in 1986, THE MEDIATION PROCESS has become a landmark resource for mediation practitioners, trainers, students, and professionals in corporate, legal, health care, education, and governmental arenas.  This thoroughly revised and expanded third edition has been updated to include coverage of the most contemporary issues in mediation practice and to provide updated bibliographical resources.

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, by David Weissbrodt and Frank Newman
This book is a valuable compilation for Arabic audiences of the major international and regional human rights instruments, legislations and other U.S. and United Nations documents.  This is an important reference book for law students, law and human rights practitioners, human rights organizations and the general public.  This reference guide can serve as a basic component in any university or NGO library in the region.

POSITIVE APPROACHES TO PEACE-BUILDING:  A RESOURCE FOR INNOVATORS, edited by Cynthia Sampson, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Claudia Liebler, Diana Whintey
The book is a bold invitation to peace-builders to consider new approaches – “positive approaches” – to transforming conflict and building peace in some of the most complex of human situations.  It is a call to shift from focusing predominantly on the conflict, struggle, and suffering to also shining light on cooperation, coexistence, and visions for a better future.  The hope of the contributors is that these ideas will be useful and will capture the imagination of readers who will apply them, adapt them further, and go far beyond them in innovating with positive approaches to peace-building.  The book is valuable because of its varied examples and stories that can be easily understood within the context of Arab culture.

EMPLOYMENT WITH A HUMAN FACE, by John W. Budd
Contradicting the traditional view of the employment relationship as a purely economic transaction, with business wanting efficiency and workers wanting income, the author argues that equity and voice are equally important objectives.  Budd proposes a fresh set of objectives for modern democracies- efficiency, equity, and voice -and supports this new triad with an intellectual framework for analyzing employment institutions and practices.  The book is based on practical experience and is written in a simple style.

Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice
Author: Mohammed Abu-Nimer
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh
256 pages
Written by a Muslim scholar, lecturer, and trainer in conflict resolution, this book examines theme of nonviolence and peace building in Islamic religion, tradition, and culture.  Abu-Nimer presents evidence for the existence of principles and values in the Qur’an, Hadith, and Islamic tradition that support the application of nonviolence and peace building strategies in resolving disputes.

He addresses the challenges that face the utilization of peace building and nonviolent strategies in an Islamic context and explores these challenges on both local and global levels.  He also explains the gap between Islamic values and ideals and their applications in day-to-day reality.

The book analyzes three case studies, drawing from the political, socio-cultural, and professional arenas.  The initial case study discusses the First Palestinian Intifada; it is analyzed as a nonviolent political movement in which Islamic cultural and religious values and rituals played an important role in mobilizing communities to join the movement.  The second case study focuses on the role that such values play in traditional Arab dispute-resolution practices such as Sulha (mediation, arbitration, and reconciliation); it extracts lessons and principles used by Arab traditional elders who peacefully resolve family, interpersonal, and community disputes.  The third case study discusses the obstacles and challenges facing professionals who provide peace-building and conflict-resolution training and initiatives within the Islamic world.

A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation
Author: Diana L. Eck
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh
404 pages
America has always been a fundamentally Christian or “Judaeo-Christian” country with a few atheists and agnostics included. We’re a secular, pluralist polity within that framework or so the received opinion goes. But in this wide-ranging book, Eck (religious studies, Harvard) shows us that this received opinion is erroneous. The framework is now, and in fact has always been, much broader. Eck discusses the history in America of three religious traditions with large numbers of adherents: Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Islam, she shows, arrived with African slaves. Buddhism and Hinduism came early as well, with the first Asian immigrants to the West Coast. These faiths are growing rapidly because of recent changes in our immigration laws and political turmoil in much of Asia, and thus our sense of religious pluralism needs to broaden. Well written and thorough, this volume will appeal especially to scholars, but casual readers will find much to enlighten them.

Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution During South Africa’s Transition to Democracy
Author: Susan Collin Marks
Publisher: United States Institute of Peace
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh
256 pages
A compelling, inspiring account of peacemaking in action, Watching the Windtakes us to the front lines of South Africa’s struggle to manage the tempestuous transition from apartheid to democracy.

When Mandela, de Klerk, and other political leaders launched the 1991 National Peace Accord in a far-reaching effort to staunch political bloodshed and promote consultation and cooperation between bitter adversaries, Susan Collin Marks was one of thousands of South Africans who committed themselves to making the peace process work where it mattered most—at the local level. Over the next three years, Marks and other leaders of the conflict resolution movement adopted and adapted a vast array of tools and techniques: they mediated, facilitated, and counseled; they created forums for open discussion and trained community leaders; they fostered community policing; and they anticipated crises and stood between demonstrators and security forces.

And, as Marks explains, “something extraordinary happened.” The international community had expected a bloodbath, but what it saw instead was a near-miraculous process of negotiation and accommodation.

Global Issues: Capitalism and Critical Thinking

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure
By Tim Harford
The book shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. When faced with complex situations, we have all become accustomed to looking to our leaders to set out a plan of action and blaze a path to success. Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinion; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt.

My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley
By Ben Casnocha
Casnocha dissects the entrepreneurship “gene,” explaining that everyone who has an idea to make the world a better place has inherited this gene. Casnocha himself found a better way for city governments to communicate with constituents on the Web. Six years later, his company, Comcate, has dozens of municipal clients, a growing staff, and a record of excellence. This book is the story of his start-up, but also a conversation with his mentors, clients and fellow entrepreneurs about how to make a business idea work, and how to have the time of your life trying.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher and William Ury
This landmark book shows practical ways to find out what other people want, and to devise better alternatives that create a “win” for everyone. The authors do a great job of overcoming the preconception that many hold that working on problems means that you have to be unpleasant. The advice to be hard on the problems and easy on the people (building a relationship) is a key concept that everyone can use.
For those who need help winning battles, Roger Fisher has developed a simple and straightforward five-step system for how to behave in negotiations. Narrated soothingly by NPR announcer Bob Edwards, Fisher adds the meaty portions of the material with a sense of playfulness.

Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism
Author: Richard Robbins
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh
408 pages
From capitalism’s European roots more than 500 years ago to the present, this text examines the problems caused by its expansion, inequality, environmental destruction, and social unrest. Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism provides any reader with the anthropological, economic, and historical framework to understand the origins of global problems, why globalization and the global expansion of the culture of capitalism has generated protest and resistance, and the steps necessary to solve global problems.

Up-to-date information throughout the text helps students maintain a current view of the rapidity of global change.

Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict
Author: Bruce N. Waller
Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Al Ahliyeh
488 pages
This introduction to critical thinking teaches individuals how to integrate all their logic skills into the critical decision-making process they undertake in their own lives as citizens and consumers. Organized around lively and authentic examples drawn from jury trials, contemporary political and social debate, and advertising, the book discusses not only how to detect fallacies, but also how to examine, appreciate, and construct cogent arguments; for a lifetime of thinking critically and creating arguments about any and all of life’s controversies.

American Art and Literature

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – by Truman Capote
The well-known short novel, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and three of Truman Capote’s most famous short stories make for a continually fresh and exciting look at how human beings successfully connect with one another. No matter how many times you read these stories, you will be moved by Mr. Capote’s marvelous sense of and appreciation for the specialness of each life and the ways we belong to each other. The book is a great example of American contemporary literature.

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925 and was raised in various parts of the south, his family spending winters in New Orleans and summers in Alabama and Georgia. He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August 1984.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – by Betty Smith
Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and to a brother who will always be the favored child.  Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father’s child–romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother’s child, too–deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith’s poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life’s squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book’s humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics–and in the hearts of readers, young and old. (Ages 10 and older)

Toni Morrison: Great American Writer – by Lisa Rohdes
The book offers a good short biography for Toni Morrison (born February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio).  She is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, and professor.  Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed black characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She has won nearly every book prize possible, and has been awarded honorary degrees.

The Color of My Words – by Lynne Joseph
Twelve-year-old Ana Rosa is a blossoming writer growing up in the Dominican Republic, a country where words are feared. Yet there is so much inspiration all around her — watching her brother search for a future, learning to dance and to love, and finding out what it means to be part of a community — that Ana Rosa must write it all down.  As she struggles to find her own voice and a way to make it heard, Ana Rosa realizes the power of her words to transform the world around her — and to transcend the most unthinkable of tragedies.

The Inheritance of Exile – by Susan Muaddi Darraj
In the book, Darraj makes a capable debut with this collection that follows Palestinian-American émigré families in South Philadelphia. Darraj succeeds admirably in suggesting the diversity of Palestinian-Americans: the four friends Nadia, Aliyah, Hanan and Reema each comes from a family with its own story of exile. Nadia’s mother, a doctor’s daughter, discovers in “The New World” that the mysterious “tall, slim blonde woman” whom she nicknames “Homewrecker Barbie” was her husband’s former green-card wife. Aliya spends “An Afternoon in Jerusalem” at the Dome of the Rock where a hijab-wearing woman, noticing her crucifix, welcomes her in and shows her how to wrap her hair. After suffering the patronizing attitudes of her husband John’s parents and graduate school colleagues, Hanan makes “The Journey Home,” reconciling with her parents and practicing her mother’s craft, basket making, with commercial success.

Ode to the Aud – by Yousef Kumanyaka
The anthology includes poems that talk about Kumanyaka’s experiences such as growing up as a poor child on the side of the Pearl River (Mississippi), how he was influenced by Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement, serving in the Vietnam War and his tours in a number of American states.  The collection includes over fifty poems of Kumanyaka’s most notable work.  Komunyakaa is the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His other honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 1999. He has taught at University of New Orleans, Indiana University, as a professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. He lives in New York City where he is currently Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’sgraduate creative writing program.

The Feminist Theory: A Reader by Wendy Kolmar and Frances Bartkowski
The book is an essential reading for everyone and anyone interested in the history of women’s struggles throughout American History. It is a good text book for women’s studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The Arabic translation was finalized in cooperation with the Jordanian Women’s Studies Center to adapt the language of the book to the region’s needs.

The Ballad of Frankie Silver – by Sharyn McCrumb
The Ballad of Frankie Silver is two stories, one true and one fiction, woven together through mystery and similarity. The one story is the story of Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and someone whom he arrested long ago who is due to be executed. While he is stuck at home recuperating from a bullet wound, he starts thinking about the trial of Frankie Silver and starts researching the case. He believes that there is some similarity between the Frankie Silver case and the case of the man about to be executed. The second story goes back in time to the true story of Frankie Silver. It’s told mostly from the point of view of a clerk of the court at the time of the Silver trial.

American Silences
Author: J.A. Ward
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Azminah for Publishing and Distribution
247 pages
This book is about James A.J., Walker Evans and Edward Hopper, three realist artists whose art ironically emphasizes silences, something unusual for realist art in general. The approach is usually to analyze art and literature works themselves like prose, photography and drawings. Those that capture silences in different ways or use a technique similar to silence in an obvious way. So even though silence is a technique but it is also a subject in itself.

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Penguin
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Azminah for Publishing and Distribution
288 pages
The novel is a story of four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s telling the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. “To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable.” Forty years later the stories and history continue.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Blood Meridian
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Modern Library
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Al-Ahlia for Publishing and Distribution
337 pages
This is a horror novel, a picaresque Western about bounty hunters near the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s–a ragged caravan of indiscriminate killers led by an unforgettable human monster called “The Judge.” From the opening scenes about a 14-year-old Tennessee boy who joins the band of hunters to the extraordinary, mythic ending, it has been called an American classic.

The Floating Island
Author: Pablo Medina
Publisher: White Pine Press
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Dar Azminah for Publishing and Distribution
104 pages
Mr. Medina’s poetry is a cultural tour. It gives a taste of the different aspects of American life and American States. Written in English but infused with a sense of Spanish rhythms and history, the ‘Floating Island’ is equally an echo of Whitman, Ginsberg and Walcott. The poems resonate of paradise, be it imagined, remembered, found, or lost. From simplicity of nocturnes singing of “a nostalgia for what never was” to the complexity of boleros speaking in three languages-love, hope, and betrayal-these poems show us a gifted poet who has grafted the Latin sensibilities of his youth onto an international sense of imagery, rhythm, and vision.

Media

The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect
By Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
The elements of journalism are:

  • Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
  • Its first loyalty is to citizens
  • Its essence is a discipline of verification.
  • Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  • It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  • It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  • It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
  • It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
  • Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.

BROADCAST NEWS, by Mitchell Stephens
This book covers every aspect of broadcast journalism, including writing, reporting, and production.  It provides journalists with many basic tools to help them succeed.  Clear and well-organized discussions and explanations, suggestions from professional journalists, and actual, real-world examples are just a few of the features that make learning easy.  This book can be used to create training programs for journalists.  Copies could be presented as gifts to PA section contacts in the media industry.

The Online Journalist: Using the Internet and Other Electronic Resources
Authors: Randy Reddick, Elliot King
Publisher: Harcourt College Pub
Publisher of Arabic Edition: Al-Ahlia for Publishing and Distribution
250 pages
This brief introduction to the resources of the Internet and other computerized databases is designed for both working and student journalists. Screen captures and step-by-step instructions provide access to Gopher and other Internet search tools. Examples of use of network information include real examples from current events.

Civil Society

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
By David Bornstein
The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world. The case studies in the book include Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the international campaign against landmines she ran by e-mail from her Vermont home; Roberto Baggio, a 31-year old Brazilian who has established eighty computer schools in the slums of Brazil; and Diana Propper, who has used investment banking techniques to make American corporations responsive to environmental dangers.

The Rise of Global Civil Society: Building Communities and Nations from the Bottom Up by Don Eberly
The Rise of Global Civil Society: Building Communities and Nations from the Bottom Up presents a sweeping overview of the forces now shaping the global debate, including citizen-led development projects, poverty-reduction strategies that substitute opportunity for charity, and electronically linked movements to combat corruption and autocratic rule. Civil society, once the distinctive characteristic of American democracy, is now advancing across the globe, carrying with it new forms of philanthropy, citizenship, and volunteerism. Tens of thousands of voluntary associations are prying open closed societies from within, solving problems in new ways, and forming the seedbed for a long-term cultivation of democratic norms.

World History

GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL, by Jared Diamond
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this title is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples.  GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL is of great value to scholars and readers in general of different ages interested in world history and cultural progress.

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