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Dark Money by Jane Mayer – Reviewed by Alison Goldsworthy

Alison Goldsworthy 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Alison Goldsworthy Jane Mayer’s newly released book weaves an excellent story, tracing the increasing amounts of money involved in US politics and their effects. Starting with the poster boys of radical right fundraising, …


Policy Patrons by Megan E Tompkins-Stange – Reviewed by Volker Then

Volker Then 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Volker Then For all those who are seriously interested in how foundations can work effectively to resolve societal problems, this book is a must-read. For those who fear that foundations might have become …


The Philanthropy Reader – Michael Moody and Beth Breeze (eds) – reviewed by Marta Rey Garcia

Marta Rey- Garcia 7 September 2016 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Marta Rey Garcia The Philanthropy Reader offers the obvious advantage over its online and digital competitors of being a one-stop publication, which is crucial given the fragmentation of the field of philanthropic studies …

The Philanthropy Reader – Michael Moody and Beth Breeze (eds) – reviewed by Pat Danahey Janin

Pat Danahey Janin 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Pat Danahey Janin Why learn about philanthropy? Is generosity so complicated, after all? The rising number of philanthropy education programmes across the globe attests to the growing interest in a more formal study …

Philanthropy in Democratic Societies – Rob Reich, Lucy Bernholz and Chiara Cordelli (eds)

1 Anthony Tomei 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Anthony Tomei Philanthropy involves private persons using power to influence the public realm. To what extent is the exercise of this power compatible with the values of a liberal democratic state? This is …

This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate – Naomi Klein

Thomas Kruse 7 June 2016

Naomi Klein’s books – bestsellers all – dive deep into the global challenges of our times, and come back with powerful reporting and polemic with the power to upend conventional thinking. They follow a similar …

Public good by private means: How philanthropy shapes Britain – Rhodri Davies

David Cutler 7 June 2016

It may be a cliché to describe a book as ‘timely’, but in this case the description is fully justified. In a moment when civil society, and hence philanthropy, seems beset with attempts to limit …

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy – Edited by Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy

John Harvey 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Review by John Harvey The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy calls itself a ‘comprehensive reference guide to the practice of philanthropy’. This description is perhaps not quite on the mark: while certainly comprehensive, the book …

No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the price of philanthropy – Linsey McGoey

Richard Jenkins 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Review by Richard Jenkins Why might anyone think philanthropy was a bad thing? Linsey McGoey explains why with thoroughness, insight, flair, first-hand experience and an impressive range of arguments marshalled from fields as wide-ranging as …

Doing Good Better: How effective altruism can help you make a difference – William MacAskill

Lidwien Sol and Kellie Liket 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Review by Lidwien Sol and Kellie Liket Social media has us ‘doing good’ in increasingly visible ways, from ice buckets to Zuckerberg’s letter to his daughter. However, tackling global challenges – as individuals but also …