I wish that I could rate this book twice. The first half of the book describes Dr. Farmer's childhood, the life choices he made and the strongly held beliefs that have guided him in his service to the poor. This first half gets 5 out of 5 stars.
The second half is a current view of Dr. Farmer's day to day schedule. The writer follows Dr. Farmer as he travels between clinics in Central America, Peru, Russia and elswhere while engaging the Doctor in philosophical arguments about healthcare funding and politics. This second half gets 4 out of 5 stars.
If you enjoyed psychology class, sociology class, comparative religions, etc.... you'll like this book. It's a study of the tangled relationships, attitudes and morals of a small colony of humans that have settled on a planet where an indigenous species of intelligent life resides; the first intelligent alien life that humans have encountered since the Bugger wars 3000 years ago.
This book is quite different from ENDER'S GAME. It isn't an action/adventure book with detailed descriptions of battle sequences. Rather it's an examination of our "human-centric" thought processes.
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