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The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream | [Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt]

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

All too often, we hear about the dangers of male friendships in which peer pressure prevails over common sense. But for George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt, strong and supportive male friendship was a powerful antidote to the temptations and pitfalls of street life. It led three boys to make a vow to be there for one another, to encourage one another every step of the way, until they overcame the odds and became doctors.
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Publisher's Summary

All too often, we hear about the dangers of male friendships, in which peer pressure prevails over common sense. But for George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt, strong and supportive male friendship was a powerful antidote to the temptations and pitfalls of street life. It led three boys to make a vow to be there for one another, to encourage one another every step of the way, until they overcame the odds and became doctors.

In The Pact, the three share the account of their struggle to keep the pledge they made: a pledge that would alter the course of their lives and lead them to success they could barely imagine. Today Davis and Hunt are doctors, and Jenkins is a dentist. The success of the three doctors is proof that young men can bring out the best in one another and themselves instead of pulling one another down, and it demonstrates that when we "stand on the solid rock of brotherhood" as Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote, remarkable things can happen.

©2002 Three Doctors LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.; (P)2002 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Teens, especially those at risk, who hear this tale of the authors' struggle to make something of their lives in the face of the enormous temptations of the street and to support each other so that all three might succeed will receive a gift: an extraordinary model of self-determination." (Library Journal)
"Through the strength of their friendship, together these three young men defied the odds. They are an inspiration to young people everywhere, and their message is one that can transform the world." (Bill Cosby)
"The authors aren't professional readers....But the authenticity of their urban accents and the earnestness and sincerity in their voices give their inspiring tale an immediacy that would be lost with a professional narrator." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 04-10-09
    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 04-10-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Inspirational"

    Listened to this for my students' book club. I worked with inner-city kids at my previous school, so this book really resonated with me. I think this book should become part of the curriculum in high schools across America. It's a true story, written and narrated by the 4 friends who helped each other get through college. I like the authenticity, but you have to accept that it's not the perfectly crafted prose and melodious inflections of great writers and actors. I think the story is all the better for being the true voice of these 4 men. However, I will admit that even I had a little trouble keeping the 4 guys' stories straight, and I usually don't have any trouble following story lines that skip around. If you're looking for a book that gives a real picture of how difficult it can be for kids to succeed in today's world, but still has a happy ending, this is it. I really wish I had known about this book a few years ago when I taught at that other school- I'd definately have worked it into my classes.

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    Kara Huntley, IL, USA 03-25-08
    Kara Huntley, IL, USA 03-25-08
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    "A MUST READ!"

    If you were ever curious about how some people struggle to not only succeed, but to survive and encourage other along the way... read this. Bravo to the three courageous men that wrote their life stories to share with the world.
    I am a teacher and read this as an assignment in grad school.This book inspired me to motivate my students to reach and succeed for anything... and to do the same myself.
    Beware.. reading this book may change your life, and others in the process.... :]

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    Grace Wellesley, MA, United States 09-02-13
    Grace Wellesley, MA, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    Alternating chapters narrated by the authors. Excellent sharing by these 3 men who met as boys in Newark, NJ area, of their stories of the difficulties of growing up in the black neighborhoods, finding their way, one step at a time, eventually through education, to The Pact that led them each to become doctors who now live in and give back to that same community. None of them had a straight or easy path, but they supported each other, had some helpful mentors, and a lot of inner strength. I noticed this book at our library website as part of a town-wide reading selection. Glad I listened to it and heard these stories.

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    Darryl Knoxville, TN, United States 04-18-11
    Darryl Knoxville, TN, United States 04-18-11
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    "SUPER INSPIRATIONAL!!!"

    A must READ for everyone!! Influenced me to get out of my situation. I am now finishing college and headed to Dental School. This book related to me in so many ways. I feel like I've lived each event in their lives. I wish I could meet them!! Please buy you won't regret it!!!

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