Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Book - 2003
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Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine , House , Among Schoolchildren , and Home Town . He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the "master of the non-fiction narrative." This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant, world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life's calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer--brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti--blasts through convention to get results.

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity" - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.'s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb "Beyond mountains there are mountains": as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

" Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of a gathering revelation," says Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Harr says, "[Farmer] wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it."
Publisher: New York : Random House Publ. Group, 2003
ISBN: 9780375506161
0375506160
Branch Call Number: 610.92 KID 2003
Characteristics: 317 p

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Jwalker_11
Aug 31, 2016

I liked this book even though it was a little slow in the beginning.

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pagetraveler
Feb 06, 2014

It was hard reading some of the stories in the book when you are seeing through the lens of Public Health. Farmer has definitely taken a medical based approach to his activities in many of the places that he has touched. I appreciate his dedication to the people of Haiti and other locales, I just wonder if more sustainable and broader programs could have been realized if there had not been so much emphasis on some of the individual patients. Either way, pretty amazing man.

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1tarheel
Dec 31, 2013

Very readable and very open. I'm not totally convinced about Paul Farmer, and I think that's what Kidder's after. The global context for this story, too, is both troubling and encouraging.

ChristchurchLib Dec 09, 2013

"For this portrait of charismatic infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Farmer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder travelled with the unconventional Harvard genius from Boston to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia. While in these far-flung places, Kidder watched the tireless Farmer not only provide medical aid but kindness and social care for numerous people. Farmer, who first became interested in Haiti in college after meeting Haitian immigrants working in North Carolina tobacco fields, continues to make the world a healthier and safer place. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls Mountains Beyond Mountains a "skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being." Armchair Travel December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=709938

evannewman Dec 19, 2011

Easily the most inspirational book I have ever read. Kidder is an incredible writer, and Farmer's story is that of an incredible person.

Crheneghan Mar 15, 2011

Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy Kidder tells the story of Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health. Kidder and Farmer meet in Haiti, and it is to Haiti that Farmer brings his passion and ability. He is a non-traditionally trained Harvard physician, anthropologist, and warrior for the poor. The book is inspiring.

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Minnetonka_Library
Dec 03, 2009

No one can read this book and still believe that one man can't make a difference.

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