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The Great Influenza The Epic story of the deadliest plague in History

The Great Influenza

John M. Barry

Book Description:At the height of WW1, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops , then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in 24 months, than AIDS killed in 24 years, more in a year than the black death killed in a century. But this was not the middle ages &1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magesterial in it's breadth of perspective and depth of research, & now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenza is ultimately a tale of triumph, amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.

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Infections and Inequalities The modern plagues

Infections and Inequalities

Paul Farmer

Book Description: Paul Farmer has battled AIDS in rural Haiti and deadly strains of  drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Peru.  A physician anthropologist with more than 15 years in the field, Farmer writes from the front lines of the war against these modern plagues and shows why, even more than those of history, they target the poor. Challenging the accepted models of  epidemiology and international health, he points out that most current explanatory strategies, from "cost effectiveness", to "patient non-compliance", inevitably lead to blaming the victims. In reality, larger forces, global as well as local,determine why some people are sick and others are shielded from risk."

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Giving How each of us can change the world

Giving

Bill Clinton

Book Description: Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to Action. Giving , is an inspring look at how each of us can change the world.The author urges us to seek what each of us, "regradless of income, available time, age , and skills, " can do to help to give people a chance to live out their dreams.

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Half the Sky  Turning oppresion into opportunity for women worldwide

Half the Sky

Nicholas D. Kristof

Book Description: Deeply felt, pragmatic and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen. Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn raise up their voices in a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppresion of women and girls in the developing world.

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Unbowed

Unbowed

Wangari Maathai

Book Description: In Unbowed, ,Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people's environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women , that soon spread across Africa. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai's remarkable story of courage,faith and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come.

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There is no me without you One womans odyssey to Rescue Africas children

There is no me without you.

Melissa Fay Greene

Book Description: Two-time  National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greeen, puts a human face on the African AIDS crisis with this poweful story of one woman working to save her country's children. After losing her husband and daughter, Haregewoin  Teferra, an Ethiopian woman of modest means opened her home to some of the thousands of children in Addis Ababa who have been left as orphans. There is no me without you is the story of how Haregewoin transformed her home into an orphanage and day care center and began facilitating  adoptions to homes all over the world. This is a book about  children and parents, wherver they may be, however they may find each other.

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