Giving: How Each Of Us Can Change The World Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Giving is essentially a manual for those people who might be tempted to follow Clinton's example and give their time, skills or money to a good cause...Clinton depicts a world in which men and women can move mountains" (Sunday Telegraph)
"This is a good book in the literal sense that, if everyone who read it took the author's advice, the world would almost certainly be a better place" (Guardian)
"As an inspirational primer for giving, as opposed to getting, his book should be in every school, every office and every library" (The Times)
"Bill Clinton's call to linked arms silences most doubters with its weight of detail" (Observer)
"Clinton recounts some truly inspiring stories" (Washington Post)
'I wrote this book to encourage you to give whatever you can, because everyone can give something... And there's so much to be done, down the street and around the world. It's never too late or too early to start' BILL CLINTONSee all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
|Length: 10:01 Mins|
In between the many case studies of men and women who give back, Clinton prods people to answer the question 'Why?'
From Oprah Winfrey to Warren Buffett, to less well-known philanthropists as well, Clinton continues to ask: why is giving back important?
The answers and insights he reveals make the book well worth a look.
The book is probably most valuable to someone starting out on their philanthropy journey - or as a gift for a family member or business adviser who doesn't 'get' why you want to give back.
The three big themes of the book I cover in the video.
If you want a transcript of this video and links to other resources visit http://leadershiplegacyinstitute.com.
Founder and CEO
Leadership Legacy Institute
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book so inspiring... mainly because it demonstrated how everyone can really make a difference... Read morePublished on 3 April 2010 by Susie Briscoe
As a retired president of the United States, you can take it easy and enjoy life while drawing big paychecks for speaking . . . Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2007 by Donald Mitchell
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Biography > Historical
- Books > Biography > Political
- Books > Business, Finance & Law > Biographies & Histories > Biographies & Memoirs
- Books > History > Political History > Politicians
- Books > History > Social & Economic History > Protest & Reform
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics > Political Science & Ideology > Political Science
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Social Issues > Social Welfare & Services