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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA; Reprint edition (28 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307386228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307386229
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,583,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a good book in the literal sense which, if everyone who read it took the author's advice, would almost certainly make the world a better place." (The Guardian)

"Clinton's message of individual social responsibility is appealing" (FT Magazine)

"An inspiring look at how each of us can change the world" (Edition magazine)

"His book tells, in an extraordinary way, a truly heartening story of American democracy" (Peter Jay Evening Standard)

"Bill Clinton has given an unprecedented story of a White House life and the roads that led to it" (Peter Stothard The Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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In this unabridged audiobook, Bill Clinton reads his own inspiring words on the subject of giving. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a retired president of the United States, you can take it easy and enjoy life while drawing big paychecks for speaking . . . or you can start a new career contributing in new ways as Jimmy Carter did. Fortunately, Bill Clinton has aimed his high-powered intellect and passion for the underprivileged towards volunteering and best practice ways of helping those who need it most.

I am very engaged in volunteer activities to develop better ways to help the underprivileged. That work makes it hard for me to keep track of what others are doing. I found that Giving gave me several interesting new ideas for ways I can volunteer and share financial resources.

I also intend to recommend this book to my students who are working on poverty and disease problems in underdeveloped countries. Some of the ideas presented here would be helpful to them as well, such as providing opportunities for those in advanced countries to loan small amounts of money to entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries.

The chapters are organized around these concepts:

1. Individuals are doing more than ever to help others.
2. You can give money.
3. You can give your time.
4. You can donate items that are needed elsewhere.
5. You can help transfer skills so that others can help themselves.
6. You can help bring peace where there has been none.
7. You can provide gifts that have continuing benefits.
8. You can create ideal methods that others can use to help many more.
9. You can develop and share good ideas.
10. You can assemble economic scale to reduce the cost of helping in either for profit or nonprofit environments.
11. How you can determine how much and what to give.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex Ireland on 14 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have always found Bill Clinton an interesting and thought provoking politician. In his latest book, he takes the opportunity to address the importance of charitable deeds. While there are sprinkles of inspiration and interesting anecdotes, I think this book has some major short comings.

Firstly, surely it is preaching to the choir. I would imagine most people who will read this will already give and those that prefer not to just won't bother.

Secondly, he avoids tough philosophical questions pertaining to charitable deeds. For example, sometimes it's better for charities to amalgamate, especially if they are trying to achieve similar goals. All too often they prefer to work independently and waste opportunities to maximize economies of scale. Another question I thought he avoided pertains to the recurring pattern (especially in his book) where people - usually celebrities - feel motivated to give to charities that somehow relate to themselves. For example, Oprah Winfrey sets up a charity for academically gifted but economically disadvantaged girls in South Africa. That's great Oprah, but why is your charity only for women? Surely, we should be trying to help those who need it most not those who we feel easier to relate to.

Another tough question he avoids is the efficiency of charities. Some charities are efficient and make best use of funds, others waste copious amounts of money. It is therefore important not just to give, but to question and examine is what you are giving put to best use?

Finally, as much as I respect both the Clinton's, I couldn't help but feel there's an element of PR in this book. The timing of its release, when Hillary is seeking the highest political office in the US, can't just be a co-incidence.

I think anybody who takes charity and giving seriously may be a little disappointed with this book. I still respect Clinton, but there just is not enough critical analysis in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Houston on 27 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Now let me be honest from the outset- Bill Clinton is a bit of a hero of mine (apologies any Republicans!) I recently read his autobiography and am now in the process of reading Hilary's too.

So if I'm honest i bought this book as the whole products by the same author - BUT wow what a buy!

Bill has a great, warm and friendly style of writing that cant help but draw you in. The book really highlights the amazing work going on in the world from small school projects to massive microloan organisations. It really challenges you to look at your gifts - time, expertise, money and just give a little back and in doing so "each of us can change the world".

I'd DEFINATELY recommend this book to anyone with an interest in giving - or just an interest in Bill! Its a quick read (i finished it on a speedy train journey!) but you come away from it with a real desire to find out more about many of the projects mentioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie Briscoe on 3 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found this book so inspiring... mainly because it demonstrated how everyone can really make a difference... and that even if each of us manage to only scratch the itch on the backside of an ant - note to self: do ant's even have backsides? - the cumulative effect builds to be huge. President Clinton is as familiar with a cleaning lady's story of saving through her life to give $150,000 dollars away as he is with the great and the good - and for me this is what makes it real enough for everyone to realise that we each have it in us to make a change for the good around the world.
Susie Briscoe
CEO Acer Group International
CEO Acer Foundation for Global Education & Welfare
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