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Ron Elsdon’s Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing

RON ELSDON is a founder of Elsdon, Inc., Elsdon Organizational Renewal, and New Beginnings Career and College Guidance, specializing in providing career and workforce development for organizations and individuals. He is the author of Affiliation in the Workplace: Value Creation in the New Organization (Praeger, 2003) and the editor of Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value through Workforce and Career Development (Praeger, 2010). He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and lives in Danville, California.

Social responsibility has become a goal for both employers and employees in the business community. But what does the term “social responsibility” mean, and what paths must businesses take to make a positive impact on society? Business Behaving Well provides a rationale and roadmap that will enable businesses to integrate social responsibility into their purpose and operations.Using real-world examples from a broad variety of industries, including health care and education, Ron Elsdon and his contributors describe how nonprofit and public sector entities can structure effective relationships with private firms for everyone’s benefit. Addressing strategic issues as well as practical implementation, Business Behaving Well is for anyone who is actively engaged in the business world, individuals working in the public and nonprofit sectors, and students and faculty who study the relationship between business and social issues. Business Behaving Well provides both the tools and structure to apply principles of business social responsibility while inspiring readers with enthusiasm and the confidence to take action.


“This book is an excellent compilation of thought leadership in the field of social responsibility. We have come to a point in history where human development necessitates that we listen to our inner voice of fairness and do the right thing for all stakeholders in fields of life we can influence. This book makes this clear and is a must read for our generation and generations to come.”
— MARK A. FINSER, chair of the boards of RSF Social Finance and New Resource Bank

“I really appreciate the suggestion that we reinforce practices that create safe, secure, and supportive working environments that honor all. During this time of hardship in our economy, if we all started supporting policies that benefit our society broadly, we could help our country to become a better place to live.”
— PAT DEMASTERS, director, Career Management Group, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

“In this time of deep, pervasive mistrust and disillusionment with many of our institutions, including business, this book addresses a topic that receives far too little attention—the nature and practice of social responsibility. Exploring the integration of social concern into a wide variety of settings, it demonstrates that there is always opportunity to strengthen our commitment to the common good—and that we will profit from doing so.”
— PATRICIA SNYDER, PhD, RN, retired nurse executive, chair, Health Care for All—California, Contra Costa County

“Many organizations, including ours, are deep in dialogue on the corporate role as it relates to social responsibility for our customers, our associates, and our business partners. This book provides valuable information to help organizations make that connection.”
— AUDREY SOUTHARD, senior vice president, human resources, Follett Higher Education Group

“Ron Elsdon and his contributors provide a framework for social responsibility and how it can be put into action. Many inspiring examples bring this topic to life while also demonstrating the need for more action to counter rising inequality in our society. This is a very approachable book.”
— JURGEN AUERBACH, CEO, Pronatec AG, Switzerland

Business Behaving Well clearly lays out why being socially responsible is good for business, and how transparency in communication and relationships with the community—stakeholders, not just shareholders—is also good for business.”
— DAVID KNEGO, executive director, Curry Senior Center

“A critical analysis of social responsibility through the lenses of different kinds of organizations and sectors, with examples and principles for practical implementation throughout.The perspectives from multiple contributors fully engage the reader. Clearly provides a call to action for individuals, businesses, nonprofits and the public sector to work together to make this a better society for all.”
— DOROTHY M. MOSER, vice president, human resources, Easter Seals, Inc.

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Dennis Henigan’s Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy

“[A]n outstanding survey recommended for any college-level or public library strong in social and legal issues.”
The Midwest Book Review, November 2009

“Of all the people who work for gun control organizations, Henigan is probably the most influential thinker. It was he who cooked up the batch of 1998-99 lawsuits by anti-gun mayors and trial lawyers against firearm manufacturers, wholesalers, stores, and trade associations. Ultimately, the suits failed to cripple the firearm industry, but they came close. Henigan is much more prescient than some of the other ‘intellectuals’ at gun control organizations in recognizing when a particular position has become untenable and needs to be abandoned. . . . Lethal Logic, although not an official book of the Brady Campaign, presents what will likely be the key talking points for gun control advocates and their media allies in the coming months and years.”
America’s 1st Freedom, October 2009

“Anyone interested in the intersection of culture, psychology, and commerce can find valuable lessons in Lethal Logic. . . Henigan’s insights into the marketing genius of the firearm industry are truly eye-opening. . . . Whatever your views on guns, their relationship to crime, and the meaning of the Second Amendment, Lethal Logic has something important to teach: A consistent, passionate message cultivates customer loyalty.”
— Editor’s Rating of Four Stars, Business Week, June 25, 2009

“Henigan effectively disarms the gun lobby’s arguments, fighting back with equal doses of common sense and uncommon insight. Lethal Logic will make it much tougher for spineless politicians in both parties to hide behind the NRA’s superficial slogans and rationality-defying spin. A must-read for every American who longs to bring sanity to our nation’s gun laws.”
— Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post

“No one knows more about our epidemic of gun violence and no one can state the case for sanity better than Dennis Henigan, who eviscerates the Orwellian myths through which the NRA justifies so much death. Henigan exposes how the gun lobby controlled one political party and intimidated the other. Lethal Logic is a bracing look at some very hard truths.”
— Richard North Patterson, author of Eclipse and Balance of Power

“Dennis Henigan has long been one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the gun violence issue. In Lethal Logic, he has given us a clear roadmap toward destruction of the ‘any gun, any time, any place’ arguments of the gun lobby. This book will save lives.”
— Sarah Brady, Honorary Chair, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

“Dennis Henigan has set out an insightful examination of the NRA’s impact on the nation’s gun debate. Lethal Logic offers a clear and thoughtful explanation of the methods and tactics used by the NRA to block common-sense gun laws and their effect on the political process.”
— U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)

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Jussi Hanhimaki’s The Rise and Fall of Detente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War

“Jussi Hanhimäki’s provocative analysis highlights a central paradox: détente triggered a sequence of events that eroded the fundamentals of the very Cold War system it was designed to stabilize. This luminous volume vividly describes the unintended consequences of policy initiatives and provides valuable insight into why the Cold War came to an end.”
— MELVYN P. LEFFLER, Edward Stettinius Professor of American History, University of Virginia

“An eminent historian of Cold War history, Jussi Hanhimäki provides an incisive account of the saga of détente. With verve and authority, he examines the deep origins, promising career, demise, and legacy of détente. The dominant strategic ideas, personalities, and events of the era are given their due and nicely woven into a text that combines narrative appeal with analytical bite. The book’s twenty-nine documents, mostly of Soviet and U.S. origin, have been carefully selected to convey to readers both the tone and substance of thinking in Moscow and Washington during a critical moment in the recent past. A thoroughly reliable and significant study!”
— DAVID MAYERS, professor of history and political science, Boston University

“Détente shaped a hugely important era in Cold War international history, yet it remains poorly understood. Thankfully, we now have Jussi Hanhimäki’s superb account to guide us. Hanhimäki effectively integrates U.S. foreign policy into a more global story that includes but also extends well beyond the famed exploits of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. An invaluable addition to the literature on the Cold War.”
— ANDREW PRESTON, senior lecturer in history, Cambridge University

“At long last, we have a concise but erudite treatment of one of the Cold War’s pivotal eras. In the hands of Jussi Hanhimäki, détente and its trials, tribulations, and successes are masterfully explored in this highly readable—and reasonable—account of superpower relations at a turning point in modern history. Especially novel and useful is the author’s delving into the decade before Nixon’s presidency to place policies in their proper context amidst the broad sweep of U.S., European, Soviet, and Asian foreign policies. The key questions of why détente began and ended, to what effect, and who benefited and who lost are asked and answered.”
— THOMAS W. ZEILER, professor of history and international affairs and director of the Global Studies Academic Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder

The Rise and Fall of Détente is a succinct and well-argued account of the attempt of the superpowers to reduce the tensions of the Cold War and give humanity the hope that the nuclear apocalypse could be avoided. Jussi Hanhimäki captures the full complexity of détente, making the case that the policy had the paradoxical effect of undermining the very Cold War system that it was intended to stabilize. Along with the excellent collection of documents, this book is a valuable addition to the study of a fascinating era.”
— THOMAS A. SCHWARTZ, professor of history and political science, Vanderbilt University

“The scholarship on détente has exploded in the last decade, enhancing our understanding of the many dimensions of political, economic, and social change during the 1960s and 1970s. Jussi Hanhimäki is a leading contributor to the new body of scholarship. This book draws on a deep reading of the best research of the last decade, it explains the transformation of the Cold War, and it analyzes why détente did not last. This is a landmark book for understanding the successes and failures of international reform.”
— JEREMI SURI, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs and author of Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama

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Peter J. Munson’s War, Welfare & Democracy: Rethinking America’s Quest for the End of History

“In this savagely critical yet astonishingly insightful book, Peter Munson lays bare the folly of what passes for sophisticated thinking in Washington. Better still, he offers a sound, reasoned basis for an altogether different approach—one with fewer wars and greater attention to putting America’s own house in order.”
— ANDREW J. BACEVICH, author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War

“An outstanding indictment of the protracted and repeated political folly and grand strategic incompetence that has imperiled U.S. ability to function effectively as a prudent hegemonic power, Munson’s powerfully persuasive study is an uncomfortable, but essential, read for Americans.”
— COLIN S. GRAY, author of National Security Dilemmas

“With experience as a military professional and the eye of a strategist, Peter Munson provides a wise, elegantly written assessment of the choices the United States faces today in its security policy. Advocating neither isolation nor appeasement, he makes a strong case for retrenchment from ‘micromanagement of world affairs’ and a return to an exemplary role. All Americans concerned with their nation’s future should read it.”
— STEVEN METZ, author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy

“U.S. Marine and scholar Peter Munson has written a superb book about the severe limitations of military force to achieve what he rightly characterizes as ‘utopian’ outcomes. This is not an easy, feel-good read. War, Welfare & Democracy is a hard-hitting, rigorously researched call-to-action by a man who has served on the front lines.”
— RYE BARCOTT, author of It Happened on the Way to War

“Peter Munson has a sharp mind and a keen eye for military affairs. His work develops a series of critical arguments designed to focus our limited resources in smart ways to cope with real security challenges today and in the future. His bottom line is straightforward: we should get our own house in order as the precondition for the emergence of any sound national security strategy.”
— Col. DOUGLAS MACGREGOR, USA (Ret.), author of Warrior’s Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting and executive vice president of Burke-Macgregor Group

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