Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Book - 2009
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This magnificent, inspiring account of Dr. Paul Farmer shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems.
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. This account 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." 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. --- from publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009
Edition: Random House deluxe trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780812980554
Branch Call Number: 610.92 FARME KIDDE
Characteristics: 332 pages ; 21 cm


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Wonderfully moving book about Paul Farmer's quest to provide healthcare to the poorest communities in the world. There is also a youth version of the book available. Maybe we could have the author (who won a Pulitzer Prize) come speak. True story of human compassion, resilience and love of humani... Read More »

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Mar 20, 2020

Maybe an extra good read right now--I'm thinking particularly of the way that Paul Farmer looks at solving health crises from a holistic point of view. For example, the medicine isn't going to work if the patient doesn't have access to a safe home and clean water.

Aug 31, 2016

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

Sep 22, 2014

BEWARE: This CD is an abridged version of the book.

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.

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

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.

Dec 03, 2009

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


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