The Measure of America

American Human Development Report, 2008-2009

Written, compiled, and edited by Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis, and Eduardo Borges Martins. Forewords by Amartya Sen and William H. Draper III

Columbia University Press

The Measure of America

Pub Date: July 2008

ISBN: 9780231154956

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00£34.00

Pub Date: July 2008

ISBN: 9780231510905

256 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $39.99£34.00

The Measure of America

American Human Development Report, 2008-2009

Written, compiled, and edited by Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis, and Eduardo Borges Martins. Forewords by Amartya Sen and William H. Draper III

Columbia University Press

The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation. It introduces the American Human Development Index, which provides a single measure of well-being for all Americans, disaggregated by state and congressional district, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity. The Index rankings of the 50 states and 436 congressional districts reveal huge disparities in the health, education, and living standards of different groups. Clear, precise, objective, and authoritative, this report will become the basis for all serious discussions concerning the realization of a fair, just, and globally competitive American society.
The Measure of America is a wonderful tool and informative guide for readers in search of a deeper understanding of the complex nature of American society. Metro Spirit
This very timely report articulates clearly the state of the country, using a multifaceted perspective; it is written in a straightforward, engaging manner... Essential. Choice
For the Secretaries of Labor, Education, Health, Housing, Transportation, and White House staffers on domestic policy, a highly useful gift would be: The Measure of America Derek Shearer, The Huffington Post
One of The Globalist's Ten Favorite Books of 2008. The Globalist
A welcome book... strongly recommended. Christopher Simms, The New England Journal of Medicine

About the Author

Sarah Burd-Sharps served as the deputy director of UNDP's Human Development Report Office until September 2006.

Kristen Lewis was a lead author of the water and sanitation report of the U.N. Millennium Project, led by Jeffrey Sachs, and writes extensively on development, gender, and the environment.

Eduardo Borges Martins was the chief statistician in the creation of the Human Development Index for Brazil's municipalities.

The American Human Development Project is an independent, non-profit initiative of Oxfam America, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, with additional support from the Annenberg Foundation.