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The Skeptic’s Guide™ to Global Poverty
Dale Hanson Bourke Answers Basic Questions About the World’s Poor
Poverty and its related issues often make headlines, yet the average person is still confused about the causes, consequences and possible cures. That’s what author Dale Hanson Bourke discovered when she began to interview people for her new book, The Skeptic’s Guide™ to Global Poverty (Authentic Publishing, trade paper, September 2007). Bourke has written a primer on poverty to help the average American understand the basics, and the book is heartily endorsed by leaders in business, humanitarian and religious circles.
The second in The Skeptic’s Guide™ series, The Skeptic’s Guide™ to Global Poverty is highly accessible (just 112 pages) and purposely affordable ($9.99 US). The book uses a question and answer format, along with photos, charts and cartoons, to explain issues in a simple but not simplistic way. Bourke addresses some of the uncomfortable questions people ask about poverty such as, “Aren’t poor people just lazy?” or “With all the money that is given, does it make a difference?”
Says Bourke, “It is important that people have a place to ask the questions that really confuse them. Unless we are able to overcome the misconceptions and confusion, we will never get to the root causes of poverty.” Bourke does believe more can be done to fight poverty and emphasizes that education of the “rich” about the “poor” is the first step. “The Skeptic’s Guide™ to Global Poverty is not written by or for economists or sophisticated relief and development specialists. It is written by an average person to help other average people understand what we all need to know about poverty,” Bourke explains.
Useful for individuals or groups, the book can also help humanitarian organizations, churches, schools and social service agencies educate their donors. With topics ranging from globalization to child labor to the effectiveness of the UN, the book provides an objective and simple overview of the forces that divide the “haves” from the “have nots”.
President of World Vision
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Dale Hanson Bourke
is an award-winning writer and a dedicated humanitarian. She is the author of
eight books, including The
Skeptic’s Guide™ to the Global AIDS Crisis, has written a weekly
syndicated newspaper column, served as editor and publisher of several
magazines, and has traveled extensively in developing countries. She has served
on the board of directors of World Vision
The Skeptic’s Guide™ to Global Poverty is available wherever books are sold, including amazon.com.
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