Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Book - 2003
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"[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer's 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 life's calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder's magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people's 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 I've read this year." --Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury News

"It'll fill you equally with wonder and hope." --Cathy Burke, People

"In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer. . . . Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375506161
0375506160
Branch Call Number: B Farmer Kidder 2003
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 25 cm

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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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