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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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

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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REMARKABLE STORY!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pact to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing the obstacles these young men encountered and how they OVERCAME them in spite of!

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I ALWAYS enjoy hearing audio books BY the actual authors! Hearing them tell their own stories is inspiring to me!

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This book was very touching and eye opening!

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inspirational

it really makes you want to have a dream and to keep it real you know.

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Very inspirational !

I actually had to read this book for college writing class. It's the book of the semester. This book is great! I also liked the narrator even though he spoke in slang it was a perfect fit for the characters , it was much easier to imagine the guys and their lives. I really connected to the book I was emotional when bad things or sad things happened to the 3 boys & their families. Overall it's a great read especially if you feel you need to be dug out of a whole because these three guys went through a lot ; pos/neg peer pressure , they lacked role models but also gained positive role models through out there journey, they got lucky and lastly got educational opportunities that if they didn't receive or work hard for who knows where they'd end up.

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You Control Your Destiny

The Only Obsticals in Life are Lack of Effort. In spite of the obstacles they faced that I too identify with they stayed true to their goals.

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Keep listening!

The amateur narration was initially difficult to bear, but I'm glad I kept listening. Truly a fascinating story of how these young men succeeded in spite of adversity, immaturity, and poverty. I appreciate the candor about their repeated mistakes and growth. I immediately wanted to know more. I actually cried at the end.

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Awesomely Inspiring!!!!<br />

Loved it! Great book for my children and students. I would love to see a movie made.

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Inspirational

No matter what race you are, this is truly a beautiful story. I feel enlightened and happy. Some of the pain these men suffered is portrayed so clearly and really brings awareness. Thank you, authors, for sharing your lives' experiences.

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Great Book

I love this book, and its overall message. I often find myself looking to these three doctors story for guidance to continue in my daily endeavors.