In the capital of Ghana, a teenager nicknamed "Condom Sister" trolls the streets to educate other young people about contraception. Her work and her own aspirations point to a remarkable shift not only in the West African nation, where just a few decadesago women had nearly seven children on average, but around the globe. While world population continues to grow, family size keeps dropping in countries as diverse as Switzerland and South Africa. The phenomenon has some lamenting the imminent extinction of humanity, while others warn that our numbers will soon outgrow the planet's resources. In this book, the author offers a decidedly different vision, one that celebrates women's widespread desire for smaller families. Mothers aren't seeking more children, he argues, but more for their children. If they are able to realize their intentions, we just might suffer less climate change, hunger, and disease, not to mention sky-high housing costs and infuriating traffic jams. He also shows that this three-way dance between population, women's autonomy, and the natural world is as old as humanity itself. He traces pivotal developments in our history that set population and society on its current trajectory, from hominids' first steps on two feet to the persecution of "witches" in Europe to the creation of modern contraception. The book also explores how population growth has shaped modern civilization and humanity as we know it. The result is a mind-stretching exploration of parenthood, sex, and culture through the ages. Yet for all its fascinating historical detail, it is primarily about the choices we face today. Whether society supports women to have children when and only when they choose to will not only shape their lives, but the world all our children will inherit.
The former White House press secretary offers an insider's look behind the doors of the White House to provide a revealing account of the George W. Bush administration and its response to hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war and Washington's political infighting.
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Describes the epic struggle of firefighters, as well as police, first responders, and others, to battle the fierce fires that threatened to consume the Pentagon in the wake of the terrorist attack on September 11th and reveals how close the attack came to destroying a major communications center within the structure and costing many more lives. 30,000 first printing.
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Collects the stories of the American soldiers who took and appeared in the controversial digital photographs from Abu Ghraib, in a collaborative account of Iraq's scandal-marked occupation that reveals how it is being experienced by both guards and prisoners. 100,000 first printing.
Describes how the Bush and Blair administrations failed to account for the military past of Iraq and nationalist feelings of Iraqis before the 2003 invasion, and how this failure led to the drawn-out civil conflict within the country after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Reveals the formidable organization of intelligence outsourcing that has developed between the U.S. government and private companies since 9/11, in a report that reveals how approximately seventy percent of the nation's funding for top-secret tasks is now being funneled to higher-cost third-party contractors. 35,000 first printing.
Traces the story of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement as experienced by Nelson Mandela's minister of transport, describing his work as a freedom fighter and his key role in negotiations that ultimately led to South Africa's freedom in 1994.