This book will (or at least should) cause you to rethink your own life, and re-evaluate the choices you make regarding how you help the world's disenfranchised. Paul Farmer is truly one of those unique individuals, and his fierce dedication to those the world has forgotten is not only admirable, it is stunning. While I am not a doctor, and cannot make the same contribution, I can (and now do) sponsor children overseas. He is a hero. I won't call him a saint, that title is not for me to bestow, but his life is truly heroic. The book is well written and the narration good.
This story about the life of noted physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer enlightens as well as entertains. Dr. Farmer's story and research are extraordinary and told in a way that keeps people who are not necessarily interested in anthropology (like me) enthralled.
Life as adventure. A wonderful book about a vibrant and vital character. This book inspired a friend's daughter to go to medical school and change the world. A very good listen.
This is the best book I've ever read or listened to. Very inspiring to know there are people out there standing against the system and making a huge difference in people's lives. I know where I plan to donate to charity this year.
This is about a real-life superhero, who has lived the most kind, loving, extradinary life. Even if none of us can measure up to this man, we learn from this book, the motivation, the philosophy, the actions of a living, working very great man. And possibly, change our world view.
Although Dr. Paul Farmer is only human and has faults as other reviewers have pointed out, his sacrifice, love and advocacy for the poorest of the poor in Haiti moved me in a way I never would have thought possible. Even more powerful was the way Tracy Kidder made me acutely aware of the terrible conditions and suffering of the impoverished people in Haiti and Peru. I wish everyone in the developed world would read this book and, like me, have their eyes opened to the terrible conditions in which so many people live. This book gave me a desire to relieve suffering wherever I find it and to do something for people in Haiti and elsewhere who can do very little to help themselves.
Tracy Kidder's book is outstanding. His portrayal of Dr. Paul Farmer transcends any stereotyped notion of a "do good" doctor. Farmer is always human with foibles and faults, as he heals the poor and destitute. Perhaps this book attempts to cover too much ground, Farmer's marriage is not much covered, however, any imperfections fade away in light of the books compassionate message - just as any imperfections of Dr. Farmer's fade away when viewed through the prism of his great love and service to humanity.
Incredibly important book about global health and the potential of a driven individual (Paul Farmer in this case) to be such an unbelievable force for good
This is a close up of the miracle Paul Farmer has brought to Haiti. Along the way, you get a first hand look at the obstacles that he overcomes and more than a glimpse at what drives Paul Farmer. Beyond that, you'll learn a lot about the challenge of fighting TB. Solid narration.