“Part rational argument, part stinging manifesto, part handbook.”

“A persuasive and inspiring work that will change the way you think about philanthropy… and shows us we can make a profound difference in the lives of the world’s poorest.”


Mr. Singer is a compelling moral voice seeking far more compassion for those who “have the least.”

10th Anniversary Edition of The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

A Compelling Book That Inspires and Empowers People to Act Now to Address Global Poverty

In 2009, Peter Singer wrote the first edition of The Life You Can Save to demonstrate why we should care about and help those living in global extreme poverty, and how easy it is to improve and even save lives by giving effectively. Peter then founded a nonprofit organization of the same name, The Life You Can Save, to advance the ideas in the book. Together, the book and organization have helped raise millions of dollars for effective charities, supporting work protecting people from diseases, restoring sight, avoiding unwanted pregnancies, ensuring that children get the nutrients they need, and providing opportunities to not only survive but thrive.

In the decade since the first book’s publication, dramatic progress has been made in reducing global extreme poverty. However, millions still live on less than $1.90 a day, and there is yet much to be done.

To address the continuing need, and to build on the success of the first edition, Singer acquired the book rights and updated the content to be current and even more relevant. With mission-aligned celebrity narrators and by giving away the audiobook and e-book for free (in addition to having it available for purchase through traditional e-commerce and retailers), the 10th-anniversary edition of The Life You Can Save aims to inform, inspire and empower as many people as possible to act now and save lives.

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Discussion Questions Guide


You may have already read Peter Singer’s inspiring book, are considering reading it, or maybe just interested in how you too can help save lives. We created a Discussion Questions guide intended to give further context to the reading experience and to provide questions to ask yourself and those around you of how you have the power to make a difference with effective giving.

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