Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Oxford University Press Days

Deliveries are always a fun part of bookstore days, but perhaps none so much as deliveries from Oxford University Press. These are the books that I want on my home shelf, just so I can have them when the urge to pursue knowledge strikes.

Losing the News: The Uncertain Future of the News that Feeds Democracy by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Alex Jones describes the dangers of a world without professional fact finders, a world where we rely on unreliable blogs like this one. Despite the current floundering of the traditional news media, Jones offers potential ways to preserve and elevate journalistic standards.

St. Francis of Assisi was a social entrepreneur. As was Florence Nightingale. Apparently Harvard and Yale now have centers for social entrepreneurship so you too can become a social entrepreneur. Or you can just read David Bornstein's book, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.

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