Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
is a 2007 book by former United States President Bill Clinton
. It is published by Knopf
in September 2007. With an initial print run of 750,000 copies, it debuted at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list
in its first week. An unspecified portion of proceeds will go to causes mentioned in the book. At the time the book was released, his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton
, was seeking the Democratic nomination for President.
Peter Baker, writing a review for the Washington Post, described it as Bill Clinton's version of his wife's 1996 book It Takes a Village. The book details efforts funded by the Clinton Foundation or which Clinton otherwise admires, with a message encouraging readers to join in. The book mentions the charity work of well-known people like Oprah Winfrey, Andre Agassi, and Warren Buffett, why each chooses to do it, and also mentions lesser known instances of charity.
Baker called Giving
an "extended public service announcement masquerading as a book" that offers "little in the way of personal introspection". John Freeman
, writing for Newsday
, was more favorable, calling Giving
"powerful, inspirational guide" for everyday citizens that rose above simply being a political move.
Clinton earned $30 million as of April 2008 from the sales of Giving and his previous book, My Life. Of the $6.3 million he made from Giving, Clinton donated $1 million to charity.
version of this book was nominated for a Grammy Award
in the category of Best Spoken Word Album