Incredibly interesting nonfiction book. I was fascinated by James Garfield and also how the presidency worked during his time. The President was expecIncredibly interesting nonfiction book. I was fascinated by James Garfield and also how the presidency worked during his time. The President was expected to be accessible to the common person and 100s of people would line up to see him every day. He had no body guards and his daughter walked to school by herself. Wonderfully easy to read. I had no interest in James Garfield until reading Candice Millard's book. She does a great job of presenting additional information on people, inventions and events that affected Garfield and the time period. It was painful to read about the doctor who tried to convince others to sterilize equipment, only to be ignored.
Garfield likely would have lived had his doctor not stuck his finger and unsterilized equipment in Garfield's wound. Millard even says Garfield likely would have lived had the doctors just ignored him and left his body to heal on its own....more
This was a difficult book for me to start because of my disgust at the violence against women. However, I'm glad I read it. Kristof and WuDunn talk abThis was a difficult book for me to start because of my disgust at the violence against women. However, I'm glad I read it. Kristof and WuDunn talk about how oppression of women can be turned into opportunity by giving women a chance to participate economically. In China, women have joined the workforce and many of them now work in factories. This is an opportunity for them to earn and save money. The authors talk about how women often spend family money on nutrition and the health of their families.
There are a lot of individual stories in this book, as well as statistics. The authors note that in studies, people gave more money to charity when they were told the story of one person, than when they were told the story of eight people.
This is a great read for anyone to learn more about oppression against women worldwide. Over 2 million girls disappear each year due to unequal treatment (including favoritism of male sons in China.)
It ends with offering tips for what you can do in the next 10 minutes to help improve the situation, and the authors highly recommend spending time in a developing country to get a clearer picture.
Read for November Library Book Club. Everyone was glad they read this book and thought they got something out of it. Do more books like this. ...more