I'm so glad that my friend Pam and George Clooney (OK, on the back cover) suggested that I read this book - it was very worthwhile and interesting. The authors do an excellent job of taking an overwhelming issue, both in scope and emotion, and making it possible to read and digest. Personal stories are inspiring, the realities are shocking, but there is hope. The evaluation of why some well-meaning aid programs don't work was interesting too. I plan to loan some money through kiva, and commit to taking my kids on a trip to South America when they're older.