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Book Reviews


Excerpts and reviews of top books on social innovation


Global Issues

How Each of Us Can Change the World

By Paul Collier | Reviewed By Paul Collier

The former president shares how ordinary citizens are helping to solve our big problems.

Gender, Media, and Public Policy
Karen M. Kedrowski & Marilyn Stine Sarow


Cancer Activism: Gender, Media, and Public Policy

By Karen Kedrowski & Marilyn Stine Sarow | Reviewed By Catherine DiBenedetto
MANAGEMENT: 14 Challenges
of Philanthropic Leadership –
And How to Outfox Them
Joel J. Orosz


Effective Foundation Management: 14 Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership--And How to Outfox Them

By Joel J. Orosz | Reviewed By Catherine DiBenedetto


Break Through

By Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger | Reviewed By Sacha Zimmerman

Small-scale efforts won't solve the global warming crisis.



Beyond the White House

By Jimmy Carter | Reviewed By Joshua Weissburg

Jimmy Carter details his ongoing efforts to make a difference as John Q. Citizen.


Global Issues

Fugitive Denim

By Rachel Louise Snyder | Reviewed By Laura Commike

From field to factory, Snyder reveals the real lives behind the making of a pair of jeans.

Migrants to Immigrants
Jorge G. Castañeda

Global Issues

Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants

By Jorge G. Castaneda | Reviewed By Catherine DiBenedetto
THIRST: Fighting the Corporate
Theft of Our Water
Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman
with Michael Fox


Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water

By Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman with Michael Fox | Reviewed By John D. Donahue

Should water be turned into a commodity that only "haves" can pay for?


Civil Society

Blessed Unrest

By Paul Hawken | Reviewed By Catherine DiBenedetto

The human spirit endures in grassroots activism.



The Clean Tech Revolution

By Riane Eisler | Reviewed By Catherine DiBenedetto

Clean technology is creating greener pastures for business.