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Boston Review Books

Boston Review Books are accessible, short books that take ideas seriously. They are animated by hope, committed to equality, and convinced that the imagination eludes political categories. The editors aim to establish a public space in which people can loosen the hold of conventional preconceptions and start to reason together across the lines others are so busily drawing.

An introduction to the scientific consensus on the human role in global warming.

An encouraging account of the potential of foreign aid to reduce poverty and a challenge to all aid organizations to think harder about how they spend their money.

A searing indictment of the American penal system that finds the roots of the recent prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo in the steady dismantling of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual" punishment.

A wake-up call that argues that although it may be too late to save biodiversity, we can take steps to save our ecosystems.

Can religion cure poverty? The first book to explore the ideas about God and government behind the faith-based initiative.

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