Best Social Services & Welfare Books
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1. Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear
Author: by Carl L. Dr. Hart
Published at: Penguin Press (January 12, 2021)
Hart’s argument that we need to drastically revise our current view of illegal drugs is both powerful and timely … When it comes to the legacy of this country’s war on drugs, we should all share his outrage. The New York Times Book ReviewFrom one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, a powerful argument that the greatest damage from drugs flows from their being illegal, and a hopeful reckoning with the possibility of their use as part of a responsible and happy lifeDr. Carl L.
Hart, Ziff Professor at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Psychology, is one of the world’s preeminent experts on the effects of so-called recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a colleague, husband, father, and friend.
In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, he draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use-not drugs themselves-have been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country’s enduring structural racism.
2. Discrimination and Disparities
Author: by Thomas Sowell
Published at: Basic Books; Enlarged edition (March 5, 2019)
An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell’s brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparitiesEconomic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics.
Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate. Discrimination and Disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, be it discrimination, exploitation, or genetics.
This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision-from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.
3. Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book
Author: by Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous (or the ‘Big Book’ as it is commonly called) was first published in 1939 and was subtitled The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. It is the first text written about the experiences of the founders of the A.A.Movement.
4. Courage to Change: One Day at a Time in Al-Anon II
Author: by Al-Anon Family Group Head Inc
Published at: Al Anon Family Group Headquarters (June 1, 1992)
The daily meditations, reminders, and prayers from Courage to Change help families encourage their recovering alcoholic loved ones and point to Al-Anon’s impact as a vital part of recovery.
5. Paths to Recovery: Al-Anon's Steps, Traditions and Concepts
Author: by Al-Anon Family Group Head Inc
Published at: Al Anon Family Group Headquarters (August 1, 1997)
From the Introduction: “We all come to Al-Anon because our lives have been affected by the disease of alcoholism. Many of us enter these doors feeling defeated by this disease. We have spent our energies trying to get an active alcoholic to stop drinking or otherwise control his or her actions; we may have spent much of our lives struggling with the effects of growing up in an alcoholic home.
No matter what our individual situation is, in Al-Anon we discover that we are not alone and that a different way of life is available to us through the Twelve Steps.”
6. The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage
Author: by Jonathan Cohn
St. Martin's Press (February 23, 2021)
Jonathan Cohn’s The Ten Year War is the definitive account of the battle over Obamacare, based on interviews with sources who were in the room, from one of the nation’s foremost healthcare journalists. The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was the most sweeping and consequential piece of legislation of the last half century.
It has touched nearly every American in one way or another, for better or worse, and become the defining political fight of our time. In The Ten Year War, veteran journalist Jonathan Cohn offers the compelling, authoritative history of how the law came to be, why it looks like it does, and what it’s meant for average Americans.
Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews, plus private diaries, emails and memos, The Ten Year War takes readers to Capitol Hill and to town hall meetings, inside the West Wing and, eventually, into Trump Tower, as the nation’s most powerful leaders try to reconcile pragmatism and idealism, self-interest and the public good, and ultimately two very different visions for what the country should look like.
7. We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice (Emergent Strategy Series)
Author: by adrienne maree brown
Published at: AK Press (November 17, 2020)
Cancel culture addresses real harm… And sometimes causes more. It’s time to think this through. Cancel or call-out culture is a source of much tension and debate in American society. The infamous “Harper’s Letter, signed by public intellectuals of both the left and right, sought to settle the matter and only caused greater division.
Originating as a way for marginalized and disempowered people to address harm and take down powerful abusers, often with the help of social media, call outs are seen by some as having gone too far. But what is too far when you’re talking about imbalances of power and patterns of harm?
And what happens when people in social justice movements direct their righteous anger inward at one another? In We Will Not Cancel Us, movement mediator adrienne maree brown reframes the discussion for us, in a way that points to possible paths beyond this impasse.
Most critiques of cancel culture come from outside the milieus that produce it, sometimes even from from its targets. However, brown explores the question from a Black, queer, and feminist viewpoint that gently asks, how well does this practice serve us?
8. Where's My Money?: Secrets to Getting the Most out of Your Social Security
Author: by Bob Carlson
Published at: Regnery Capital (December 15, 2020)
RETIRE WITHOUT REGRETS What’s the biggest retirement mistake you can make? Not taking full advantage of your Social Security benefits. And it’s a mistake that almost every retiree makes. If you’re like most people, you would have to be a millionaire to earn as much from your investments as you can from Social Security.
But Social Security also comes with pitfalls, and the wrong choice can leave you poorer for the rest of your life. Luckily, America’s #1 retirement expert, Bob Carlson, editor of the popular Retirement Watch newsletter and website, is here to help with an easy-to-follow guide to getting the most out of your Social Security benefits.
You’ll learn: The right time to claim your benefitsand why timing is key Whether you should take a lump sum benefit How to minimize your total tax bill with smart Social Security choices Why working can sometimes decrease your benefits How to calculate your longevity risk so you never run out of money When you can change your benefits claim, and when you can’t Why you can’t depend on the Social Security Administration for good adviceor even correct information And much, much more!
9. Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Author: by Jason L. Riley
Published at: Encounter Books; Reprint edition (January 5, 2016)
Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries? In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back.
Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist.
And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.
In theory these efforts are intended to help the poorand poor minorities in particular. In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward. Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working.
10. Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction
Author: by Patrick J Carnes Ph.D
Published at: Hazelden Publishing; Third edition (May 23, 2001)
Unhooked from regular routines and healthy relationships by the coronavirus pandemic or other traumas, even our most basic human impulses and inputs can become addictive and destructive. An essential resource for those struggling with sexual addiction and compulsions, and those who love them.
With the revised information and up-to-date research, Out of the Shadows is the premier work on sex addiction, written by a pioneer in its treatment. Sex is at the core of our identities. And when it becomes a compulsion, it can unravel our lives.
Out of the Shadows is the premier work on this disorder, written by a pioneer in its treatment. Revised and updated to include the latest research-and to address the exploding phenomenon of cybersex addiction-this third edition identifies the danger signs, explains the dynamics, and describes the consequences of sexual addiction and dependency.
With practical wisdom and spiritual clarity, it points the way out of the shadows of sexual compulsion and back into the light and fullness of life.
11. Lessons From the Least of These: The Woodson Principles
Author: by Robert L. Woodson Sr.
Published at: Bombardier Books (December 15, 2020)
As seen on Tucker Carlson! Become the agent of your own uplift. This book is about “the least among us,” and the extraordinary power of grassroots leaders who are transforming the lives of forgotten men and women in the most toxic neighborhoods.
The strategies they applied in healing the most desperate communities also hold the key to healing our divided and empty nation today. From the lessons he has learned from witnessing the work of committed neighborhood leaders, Robert Woodson has gleaned ten fundamental principles that should be applied to uplift not only those who are at the bottom rung of society, but also people of means who experience the emptiness of life without meaning and purpose.
Bob walks the reader through his discovery of each of these life-changing precepts and, along the way, we discover how each of us can experience new value in our lives and be empowered to contribute to our world. In reading, you will understand what it takes to overcome adversity and transform people from the inside out.
12. Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide
Author: by Abdul El-Sayed
Published at: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2021)
A citizen’s guide to America’s most debated policy-in-waitingThere are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare-and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare system at some point in their lives, and most people will find that interaction less than satisfactory.
And yet for every dollar spent in our economy, 18 cents go to healthcare. What are we paying for, exactly? Healthcare policy is notoriously complex, but what Americans want is simple: good healthcare that’s easy to use and doesn’t break the bank.
Polls show that a majority of Americans want the government to provide universal health coverage to all Americans. What’s less clear is how to get there. Medicare for All is the leading proposal to achieve universal health coverage in America.
But what is it exactly?How would it work? More importantly, is it practical or practicable? This book goes beyond partisan talking points to offer a serious examination of how Medicare for All would transform the way we give, receive, and pay for healthcare in America.
13. Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
Author: by Judy Christie
Published at: Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2019)
The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandalsome of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate’s bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis.
She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parentshiding the fact that many weren’t orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.
The publication of Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann’s lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.
14. Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods
Author: by Michael Nichols
Published at: Pearson; 11th edition (January 3, 2016)
Considered THE definitive classic text in the field of Family Therapy, this accessible resource explores the rich history and contemporary practice of the entire field. KEY TOPICS: The Foundations of Family Therapy: Evolution, Basic Techniques from Symptom to System, Fundamental Concepts; The Classic Schools of Family Therapy: Bowen, Strategic, Structural, Experiential, Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Therapy in the Twenty-First Century; Recent Development: Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Comparative Analysis, Research on Family Intervention MARKET: Current and future family therapists
15. One Day at a Time in Al-Anon
Published at: Al Anon Family Group Headquarters (January 1, 1987)
Provides daily meditations and readings to help families of alcoholics find strength and hope.
16. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
Author: by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Published at: Arsenal Pulp Press (October 30, 2018)
In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Awardwinning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all.
Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind.
Powerful and passionate, Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.