Fragile: The Human Condition (Hardcover)

The Human Condition

By Howard G. Buffett, Shakira Mebarak (Foreword by)

National Geographic Society, 9781426206177, 320pp.

Publication Date: December 8, 2009

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Description

Fragile is the documentation of life stories in sixty-five countries. It is about personal accounts, some successful, some shattering. The book is an effort to move intellectual discussions to face emotional realities. It is one man's attempt to bring this reality to those who may be motivated to affect change.

It is difficult to write a book about so much that is wrong in the world—the stark truth may cause many readers to turn away, but if stories are sugar-coated, the truth becomes distorted. There is a fine balance between suffering and solutions.

With more than 440 color photographs, Fragile portrays the challenges of life for some four billion people on our planet. Yet it is their perseverance and determination that allows for hope, but it is a hope that can only be realized from action.



About the Author

Howard G. Buffett is actively engaged in business, agriculture, conservation, philanthropy, politics, and photography. He directs a private family foundation that funds projects in more than 65 countries around the world. Buffett has served on two US Trade Representative committees, is a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, and serves as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the UN World Food Programme. He owns and operates a 1,400-acre farm in Decatur, Illinois, and serves on the boards of Berkshire Hathaway and Lindsay Corporation. Shakira Mebarak is South America's bestselling singer, as well as the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador committed to education, she is also a philanthropist who established her foundation, Fundacion Pies Descalzos, in Colombia at age 18. To learn more, visit shakira.com or follow @shakira on Twitter.
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