Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty

Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty

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by Peter Singer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1400067103

ISBN-13: 2901400067106

Pub. Date: 03/03/2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

This is the right time to ask yourself: “What should I be doing to help?”

For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. And though the number of deaths attributable to

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This is the right time to ask yourself: “What should I be doing to help?”

For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly ten million children still die unnecessarily each year. The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world’s population, we must become part of the solution.

In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer, named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine, uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.

Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation’s foreign aid is really directed to the world’s poorest people).

In The Life You Can Save, Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.

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ISBN-13:
2901400067106
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

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Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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eyeday More than 1 year ago
Don't read this book unless you want to forever change the way you see the poorest of those in the world and are willing to be challenged to change the way you use and give your money. Do read it if you would like to take on Oliver Sach's challenge (quoted here) to "end extreme poverty in the world by 2050." Read it and you are in danger of having every flimsy excuse for not helping desperate people overseas shredded again and again. Read it, form a book study and get your friends to read it. Do what it suggests and just maybe, together, we might change the world.
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Peter Singer has always made controversial yet compelling statements with his books, but this one is hugely important. it brings the ethics of being a global citizen "up close & personal", and said to me "you're doing the right thing, do more."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an assigned reading for a college Sociology class. The comments the author made were very rude and hurtful, especially when he does not know your own situation. This was definitely not a popular book in our class and during our discussions of it I learned only 2 people out of 33 students liked it. The book was very preachy and not persuasive at all. Oh and by the way, according to Singer, if you buy this book you are killing a child because you spent money on it instead of sending your money to an organization since you don't need this book just like you don't need any money for retirement.
KDH-RegisteredDietitian More than 1 year ago
I just heard Peter Singer talk about his book in Seattle, and while I haven't read it yet I am so inspired and I plan to read it soon. This is a fine example of how if each person in the "developed" countries took personal responsibility for helping uplift the poor we would eradicate hunger from our vocabulary. This is a must read.