A path appears Transforming lives, creating opportunity

Nicholas D. Kristof, 1959-

Sound recording - 2014

"From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world--a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from the acclaimed husband and wife team is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them, whether with a donat...ion of five dollars or five million, an inkling to help or a useful skill to deploy. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving--determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives (on issues from education to inner-city violence to disease prevention), evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fundraising. Most compellingly, perhaps, they show us how particular people have made a difference, and offer practical advice on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so"--

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Published
Nw York, NY : Books on Tape p2014.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
8 audio discs (approximately 10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9780385367844
0385367848
Main Author
Nicholas D. Kristof, 1959- (-)
Other Authors
Sheryl WuDunn, 1959- (-), Olivia Wilde
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team Kristof and WuDunn (Half the Sky) here turn their focus to charitable giving, examining the psychological basis for altruistic impulses and offering advice on choosing an ethical charity. Kristof and WuDunn stress that their interest lies in "expanding opportunity worldwide because talent is universal but opportunity is not." The first section of the book features narratives about altruistic do-gooders that are meant to inspire readers before the authors delve into more practical matters, such as how to research a charity and ensure a donation is effective. The last chapter, "Six Steps You Can Take in the Next Six Minutes," closes the book on an encouraging note. Narration by Olivia Wilde is well done. Unfortunately, the recording's sound quality is not always the best. At least one hastily looped section is evident by a sudden shift in volume and clarity. VERDICT Despite its technical problems, this title is well researched and certain to be popular. Recommended for all collections.—Julie Judkins, Univ. of North Texas, Denton [Page 58]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Joint Pulitzer Prize winners for their coverage of China, New York Times op-ed columnist Kristof and his wife, WuDunn, a former Times reporter and founder of a firm dedicated to promoting the idea of blending charitable mission into for-profit work, are known for their crusading work on human rights. Their three books include Half the Sky, a huge New York Times best seller on women's rights worldwide, which spawned a Half the Sky movement and a PBS documentary. Here they examine individuals who are making a difference, aiming not simply to get us to contribute time, skills, and/or money to their efforts but to parse which approaches and initiatives really work. The forthcoming four-part PBS documentary amplifies the message. With a 200,000-copy first printing. [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad—a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be.In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institu­tions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambi­tious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tap­estry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of $5 or $5 mil­lion, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initia­tives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, in­spiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can’t make a difference.We meet people like Dr. Gary Slutkin, who devel­oped his landmark Cure Violence program to combat inner-city conflicts in the United States by applying principles of epidemiology; Lester Strong, who left a career as a high-powered television anchor to run an organization bringing in older Americans to tu­tor students in public schools across the country; MIT development economist Esther Duflo, whose pioneering studies of aid effectiveness have revealed new truths about, among other things, the power of hope; and Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, who are transforming Kenya’s most notorious slum by ex­panding educational opportunities for girls.A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face to­day. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.