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50 Facts That Should Change The World 2.0

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  180 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Jessica Williams revisits her classic series of snapshots of life in the twenty-first century. Revised and updated with lots of new material, this book is every bit as vital as the first edition. 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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by The Disinformation Company
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Thomas
Did you know:

That there are 27 million slaves in the world today?
That 94% of the world's executions in 2005 took place in only four countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the USA?
That landmines kill or maim at least one person every hour?
That the world's trade in illegal drugs is estimated to be worth around $400 billion - about the same as the world's legal pharmaceutical industry?
That global warming already kills 150,000 people every year?

These facts, and 45 more are what await the dear rea...more
Aaron
Jan 02, 2009 Aaron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: general public
Williams addresses 50 pressing social concern all over the world that paint a concerned and concerning picture of our current predicament. She does not take a tone of moral superiority nor town crier hysteria nor distraught futility. Instead she fleshes each Fact in terms the general public can appreciate. For example: there a 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in history; Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour; the average Londoner is caught on film...more
Kevin
Knowledge is power. In order to solve the World's problems you have to know about them. Some of the most troubling ones covered in this book :
China has 44 million missing woman
More than 12,000 woman are killed each year in Russia as a result of domestic violence.
Cars kill 2 people every minute.
Global warming already kills 150,000 people every year.
Black men born in the US today stand a one in three chance of going to jail.
More people die each year from suicide than in all the word'd armed confl...more
murph
A better title: 50 things I learned from a Google search.

Or maybe: Jessica Williams doesn't know a whole lot.

This is the book you would write if you did even less research than John Stossel does.
Pamela
Pick this up randomly from a library book sale. Very interesting in its context. I was surprised that I already new most of the facts in the book. The whole point of this book is to raise awareness to the fact that there are lots of more important things that are happening around the world that should have attention and be alarming
Bob
Pretty good stuff here. But wacky too. I found this a mishmash of facts that truly should change the world and facts that are 'interesting' but have no real bearing on anything. Good concept, a bit 'agenda driven', and slightly eye opening. Worth a cursory glance while standing in the library/bookstore.
Luis
I'm pretty sure J. Williams is British. She sounded all cocky and pompous like a lot of those Brits do. There are a few facts that are pretty amazing. Stuff about slavery and genocide. One about how Brazilian women really like Avon. If you do read it, do so with a British accent.
Gracie
I really enjoyed this one. It has so much information, that you don't usually think about. Jessica Williams is an english author, and it's interesting to learn about some of the British hidden facts. The most pressing matter in the book, I found was the Abortion chapter.
Adam
If you haven't read a newspaper in 10 years or have not graduated high-school this might be new information. Also, I think it may have been more effective if this had some journalistic credibility instead of written as though it was someone's opinions.
James
"Should" is the operative word here; Jessica Williams clearly realizes that in most cases that ain't gonna happen, because people can't be bothered to care enough, for long enough, to make those changes happen. We'll be our own death yet.
Kristine Bagnara
Oct 08, 2008 Kristine Bagnara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those with reference libraries
Recommended to Kristine by: qpb
Calling all activists... Author Jessica Williams has done a stellar job in researching and describing a myriad of current facts and why you might care (e.g. "supermarkets know more about their customers than the government does").
Andrew
A series of well-constructed but very short essays (3-5 pages in a small paperback) that highlight an interesting array of challenges facing the world (and doesn't even bother with that fad on global climate change)
Sean Elvidge
I found a lot of the facts very interesting, but the essays that followed them were, in my opinion, too bias. I would have preferred a more balanced discussion with each fact, there is always two sides to an argument.
Elizabeth
Interesting facts, and typically backed up with good evidence, but the author takes those facts and runs with them, coming to her own conclusions that are not based on evidence.
Kate
2007 info so out of date but interesting and thought provocing non the less, if you can manover around someone elses views and pick out the info only.
Cathy
This was in the resort library - SHOULD is a big hope
facts were interesting but not all unknown
Eman
وجدت هذا الكتاب اليوم في مكتبتي ، ويبدو انني سأقضي أمسيتي الليلة في جنابته
Brett
It isn't going to challenge you. Really silly shit.
Megh
Quite motivating, in almost an overwhelming fashion.
P.S.
Should be required reading for all.
Basma Kaid
It was good knowing some of the facts.
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