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Mountains Beyond Mountains | [Tracy Kidder]

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder introduces us to a remarkable man who tackles some of the world's most frightening medical and social problems through principled actions. Harvard Medical School graduate and MacArthur "genius" fellow Paul Farmer spent much of his med school years in Haiti, where he created a health care system and clinic in one of the most grindingly poor places in the world. Owning only one suit and living part of each year in a house without hot water, he travels widely and takes a global approach to the interaction between politics, wealth, social problems, and disease. Farmer makes a difference quietly, using his intellectual gifts and his charisma to further his philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity."

© 2003 Tracy Kidder; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Many readers have come to expect that anything authored by Kidder...will be of high merit." (Library Journal)
"[This book] is inspiring, disturbing, daring, and completely absorbing." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A gifted storyteller, Mr. Kidder is able to explain the web of circumstances that contribute to the wretched conditions of the world's poor." (The New York Times)
"Paul Michael captures the book's mix of intensity and elaboration beautifully....Just the right amount of edge-of-your-seat passion....A very good rendition of an important book." (AudioFile)

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    Victoria 11-12-03
    Victoria 11-12-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Very Inspiring"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joe K. 10-18-08
    Joe K. 10-18-08
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    "Why are there seashells on mountain tops?"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wraxall CA 05-20-08
    J. Wraxall CA 05-20-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Inspirational"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Portsmouth, RI, USA 03-02-07
    Tammy Portsmouth, RI, USA 03-02-07
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    "Best listen ever"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Marietta, GA, USA 08-23-05
    Sandy Marietta, GA, USA 08-23-05
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    "it may change your life-view about charity, love"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bookini 06-24-04
    Bookini 06-24-04
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    "Opened my eyes"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Miami, FL, USA 03-26-04
    Joe Miami, FL, USA 03-26-04
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    "A Great Narrative of a Great Man"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 11104, CA, USA 05-30-10
    Lisa 11104, CA, USA 05-30-10
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    "Favorites"

    This is a must read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Arlington, VA, United States 02-21-10
    Brendan Arlington, VA, United States 02-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Incredibly important"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-10-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-10-09 Member Since 2002
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    "long journey to victory"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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