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.
Evaluates the significant role of technological advances on the formation and experience of modern group dynamics, citing such examples as Wikipedia and MySpace to demonstrate the Internet's power in bridging geographical and cultural gaps.
An exploration of Niagara Falls traces its history from natural wonder to engineering testament, in a report that reveals the impact of human development on the region and documents Niagara's ties to Native American rights, slavery, and the atomic bomb.
Explores how one's private spaces—both at home and on the job—offer unexpected keys to one's personality, explaining how the things we own and how we arrange them can showcase personality traits and reveal how we interpret the world around us.
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.
Describes the author's efforts to come to terms with abilities that cause her to remember events and details with complete recall, in a memoir that also relates her participation in extensive scientific studies.
Offers a compelling portrait of a unique zoo iin one of the world's most turbulent regions, the last Palestinian zoo on the edge of the West Bank, and Dr. Sami Kahder, the only zoo veterinarian in the Palestinian territories, who has dedicated his life to protecting the animal inhabitants of the zoo and dreams of building the zoo into one of international caliber. 10,000 first printing.
The Pushcart Prize-winning author of Songs from the Black Chair presents an illuminating critique of the abuse and overuse of psychiatric medications in America, revealing how drug companies create a need for a drug, the pressure Americans confront to medicate themselves, the lack of therapeutic options, and the impact of the abuse on American society. 40,000 first printing.
The best-selling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma cites the reasons why people have become so confused about their dietary choices, counseling readers on the importance of enjoyable moderate eating of mostly traditional plant foods. 200,000 first printing.
Examines what orbital imagery tells us about the atmosphere, land, ocean, and polar ice caps of our planet and the ways that it changes naturally, and in response to human activity.