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Britain's Everyday Heroes: The Making of the Good Society [Paperback]

Gordon Brown , Community Links
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24 July 2007

'This book is about people in all parts of Britain who have given me a fresh insight into the needs and aspirations of our country, what is great about it now and how it can become greater in the future. It is the story of Britain's everyday heroes: the kind of heroes who live next door, and in the next street, and throughout our neighbourhoods - the kind of heroes we might ourselves become.' - Gordon Brown.

In Britain's Everyday Heroes, Gordon Brown tells the stories of ordinary people whose willing commitment to a cause or a community has informed and inspired him. The stories tell of a real Britain neither flawless nor broken down but caring, innovative, passionate and determined.

He tells of the woman who has been the inspiration behind community reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the leader of a campaign tackling gang culture in Manchester. Of the innovator transforming the way we use the Internet as a tool of democracy and the campaigner who has established the World's first Fairtrade Town. Of councillors leading local regeneration efforts and public servants going far beyond the parameters of their job. Of a new generation of social entrepreneurs proving that successful business can benefit communities. Of the creative pioneers who brought the arts to a deprived housing estate, gardening to the refugees and opera to the homeless. And of the carers, mentors, coaches and volunteers he has met who give of themselves quietly, every day, never expecting praise or recognition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st edition (24 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845963075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845963071
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,055,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable new volume" (Daily Mail)

"The imagination and fortitude shown by the actors in this book are undoubtedly immense" (The Sunday Times)

About the Author

Gordon Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer since the Labour Party came into power in 1997 and succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007. Gordon has published numerous other titles.

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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational read 12 July 2009
I bought this book after reading his book Courage which he wrote after the death of his daughter Jennifer, he donates all the royalties for that book to support the Jennifer Brown Researh Lab for research into Medical Cell Biology. Even if you don't support his political views, I'd encourage anyone to support his charitable efforts, and hopefully be inspired to use *their* everyday actions to change the world. All royalties from the book go to Community Links.
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12 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Community Links: 5* 9 Mar 2009
This is my first Amazon review, and I've been motivated to submit it due to the negative reviews below that have, probably, been written without reading the book at all.

It is important to note that profits from this book go to community links. So you're doing the right thing by buying it; it will benefit others.

As to the work itself: this is, on occasion, an inspirational book concerning the impact that people can have on fellow human beings, and how individuals may help to make our society a better place (cliche alert). If the reader can subdue their own political bias, either for or against the writer, the stories within this book are reminders, in such a jaundiced age, that some people can, do, and will always, act with the interests of others at heart. It may sound naive to say that, but reading this book gave me the confidence to say just that without feeling a fool for doing so. So for that alone: I recommend it.

Even more important it is accesible, well written, and, rightly so, allows the people within to 'speak' for themselves. Brown acts as a written guide, helping the reader to connect to these people, and their stories, and due to his sensitive approach to this, the reader will not feel preached to, or intruded upon, which is important in any book such as this.

So that's why I've given it five stars: it refreshed my faith in humanity, it motivated me to begin seeking out ways I can give back to society, and it was written skillfully, and without reproach for the average reader who may do nothing at all.
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7 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what, another book by brown...???? 2 Sep 2009
In the words of Grouch Marx ...

"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."

says it all about this most odious of prime ministers
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1.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Communist 14 Nov 2008
This book is for sale 1p secondhand, the author Brown is not even worth that.
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