Tracy Kidder – Mountains Beyond Mountains


[A] masterpiece…an astonishing book that will leave youquestioning your own life and political views…Kidder opens a window into Farmers soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick. (Nicholas Thomas,USA Today)

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his lifes calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidders magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction ofpolitics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes peoples minds through his dedication to the philosophy that the only real nation is humanity.

Praise for Mountains Beyond Mountains:

A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings…Its stark sense of reality comes as much from the grit between the pages as from the pure gold those pages spin. (Laura Claridge, Boston Sunday Globe)

Stunning…Mountains Beyond Mountains will move you, restore your faith in the ability of one person to make a difference in these increasingly maddening, dispiriting times. (John Wilkens, The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Easily the most fascinating, most entertaining and, yes, most inspiring work of nonfiction Ive read this year. (Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury News)

Author: Tracy Kidder
Narrator: Tracy Kidder
Duration: 4 hours 40 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2008
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

guess roving

I only give this 3 stars due to certain phrases where the author says or implies a certain modern triumphalist development of science into the 20th century. This can too easily give the reader the impression that there was no such thing as science before Darwin and that the Medieval view was based on theological superstition. Such is hardly the case. Read Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, or even Avicenna. There was extensive biological thought prior to Darwin that didnt import a God of the gaps.