Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder

Mountains Beyond Mountains

By Tracy Kidder

  • Release Date: 2003-09-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 124 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.”

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Latest Impressions


    By Boom12345678980
  • An eye-opener

    By JenJenbabiee
    Never have I ever read a book that made me want to go out there and do something. I'm from Haiti and this book Inspired me to branch out to not only my countries but to places around the world that need a helping hand. Paul Farmer did not have to do the things that he did but he chose to because he cared about the people's well-being and for that I think that he is an extraordinary person. Never did he complain and he was willing to travel back and forth to make sure that the people out there were getting the right treatment. This book started out just as a summer reading book but it opened my eyes to see that there are things to be improved out there and I don't need to wait for someone to get to it. I can do it myself. Thank You Tracy Kidder.
  • Mountains beyond mountains

    By Smile, it's good for you
    Pretty good book. Very insightful
  • He's amazing.

    By breeteebee
    I got this book for summer homework, and I loved it. He's an inspiration to everyone to look deeper and think about what they can do for the world. He should be a celebrity.
  • Dr. Farmer is an inspiration for our time.

    By Bcl06001
    This story, told through the eyes of Tracy Kidder drove me through my undergrads studies and continues to be the motivating for behind my graduate studies in medicine. In a time where I still have no health insurance despite having a full time job, I escape to this book and strive to employ Dr.Farmers ideals in my own life.