Jessica Williams is a journalist and television producer. Born in New Zealand, she now lives in London and currently works as a producer on the BBC's flagship international interview program, "HardTalk with Tim Sebastian," where she has researched and produced interviews with such disparate figures as the political philosopher Noam Chomsky, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Sir David Attenborough, Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble and the late academic Edward Said.
50 Facts That Should Change the World 2.0by Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams revisits her classic series of snapshots of life in the twenty-first century. Revised and updated with lots of new material, this book is every bit as vital as the first edition. From the inequalities and absurdities of the so-called developed world to the vast scale of suffering wreaked by war, famine, and AIDS in developing countries, it paints a
Jessica Williams revisits her classic series of snapshots of life in the twenty-first century. Revised and updated with lots of new material, this book is every bit as vital as the first edition. From the inequalities and absurdities of the so-called developed world to the vast scale of suffering wreaked by war, famine, and AIDS in developing countries, it paints a picture of incredible contrasts.
This 2.0 edition again contains an eclectic selection of facts addressing a broad range of global issues, now with added emphasis on climate change, the decline in human rights and democratic freedoms around the world, the unexpected global impact of corporate growth, sports and media madness and inequality, and lots of updated facts and figures. Each is followed by a short essay explaining the story behind the fact, fleshing out the bigger problem lurking behind the numbers. Real-life stories, anecdotes, and case studies help to humanize the figures and make clear the human impact of the bald statistics.
All of the facts remind us that whether we like to think of it or not, the world is interconnected and civilization is a fragile concept. Williams makes us think about some of the hard facts about our civilization, and what we can do about them.
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Thank goodness this was a bargain book. It's dated and it's boring and makes no pretense of being an examination of both sides of any issue it addresses. Save your money.
I bought this book to add to my classroom shelf for juniors and seniors to read in their spare time. I cannot keep it on the shelf! Students are grabbing it as soon as someone reluctantly returns it. Topics range from interesting facts about the disposal of plastic bottles to world wars and the number of child soldiers. Each fact is followed by information and data that students can read in 5-10 minutes. I am buying as many as possible for graduation presents. Every high school graduate should read this to prepare for the world our generation is leaving them if they themselves are to change the world with intellect, compassion, and responsibility.