0972952969 New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Radical Independent Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 346 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. What's going on in the world today? Are Americans being told the full story? In this amazing and powerful book by BBC's Jessica Williams, you'll learn hard facts that will open your eyes and minds to a very different world than the one we've been sold by the media. A third of the world is at war; 30 million people in Africa are HIV positive; more than 150 countries use torture; cars kill 2 people every minute; America spends $10 billion on pornography every year; black men born in the US today stand a one in three chance of going to jail; there are 27 million slaves in the world today. Every issue is simply presented, with explanation and analysis backed by thorough references.
"50 Facts That Should Change the World" is a series of snapshots of life in the 21st century. From the inequalities and absurdities of the so-called developed world to the vast scale of suffering wreaked by war, famine and AIDS in developing countries, it paints a picture of incredible contrasts. These are the facts YOU need to know.
"50 Facts That Should Change the World" contains an eclectic selection of facts that address a broad range of global issues. Each is followed by a short essay explaining the story behind the fact, fleshing out the bigger problem lurking behind the numbers. Real-life stories, anecdotes and case studies help to humanize the figures and make clear the human impact of the bald statistics.
The facts paint a picture of a world of inequality: unheard-of and often ludicrous prosperity living alongside crippling poverty. Some of the facts will make you rethink things you thought you knew. Some illustrate long-term, gradual changes in our society. Others concern local issues that people face in their everyday lives. Many will shock.
All of the facts remind us that whether we like to think of it or not, the world is interconnected and civilization is a fragile concept. "50 Facts that Should Change the World" will make us think about some of the hard facts about our civilization, and what we can do about them.