Off the Shelf

Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference

Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference

August 21, 2015
Alexandra Mitchell, Jeffrey W. Pryor (Pompton Plains, New Jersey: Career Press, 2015)

Foundation Center's Grace Sato finds that the book not only offers stories of inspiration, passion, and serendipity but also makes a case for why a career in the nonprofit sector makes practical sense....

In Defense of a Liberal Education

In Defense of a Liberal Education

August 11, 2015
Fareed Zakaria (New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015)

Our reviewer, Michael Weston-Murphy, says Zakaria's book serves as a reminder of the importance of knowledge for the sake of knowledge in the increasingly globalized world of the twenty-first century....

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology

June 29, 2015
Kentaro Toyama (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2015)

If you're looking for an anti-technology manifesto, look elsewhere, says our reviewer, Kyoko Uchida; Geek Heresy presents a nuanced argument for a human-centric approach to development work that leverages, rather than relies on, technology to create social change....

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America

May 28, 2015
Michael M. Kaiser (Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2015)

Foundation Center's Daniel X. Matz reviews Michael M. Kaiser's latest take on the state of the arts in the United States....

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

February 10, 2015
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn (New York, New York: Knopf, 2014)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book about how everyone has the means to give, and to give meaningfully....

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

January 22, 2015
Dana Goldstein (New York, New York: Doubleday, 2014)

The Foundation Center's Chuck Bartelt, a former New York City public school teacher, reviews Dana Goldstein's book about the much-maligned profession of teaching and its potential alongside that of the American system of public education....