Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent, Farnaz Fassihi, relates her interactions and interviews with the citizens of Iraq and how they are dealing with the affects of the US/Iraq war since 2003. She relates stories mainly from the ordinary working and middle class people she mets while living in Iraq. See the war through their eyes, everyone from a middle class art gallery owner to taxi drivers to radical teenagers.
This month’s reading challenge for our library staff reading competition was to read at least one environmental book.
This was a very informative book which showed it’s facts in a variety of ways: photos, graphs, traditional text, and artwork. This book is defiantly an eye-opening read about the scarcity of clean drinking water throughout the world including countries like the U.S. that traditionally haven’t worried about water supply. It also discusses a variety of ways that countries are trying to deal with this crisis. The author is definitely anti-privatization of water supply and I have to say I agree. Water is a necessity for life and shouldn’t be something that companies make a profit from distributing. That said, I do see a growing challenge for towns, states and countries to continue to provide safe and affordable drinking water for their citizens.
Various political speeches and presentations by Jim Hightower. I really liked his quote I’m paraphrasing “an agitator in a washing-machine gets rid of the dirt, so being an agitator is a good thing”. He notes that we need both the bean-sprout eaters and the snuff-dippers working together ; and though the Christian Coalition and bean-sprout eaters may not have much in common on social issues, they do agree up and down on economic issues. He then goes on to dismiss the terms conservative and liberal, saying these are political ideologies, what is more useful in categorizing voters is by how much money you make. How many of you make more than $28,400? Michael Eisner head of Pixar makes $28,400, not in a year, not in a month, not in a week, no, he makes that much in an hour. Whew! Puts $71 million a year into perspective.
These are the sort of interesting things you learn on this Audiobook.