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Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder introduces us to a remarkable man who tackles some of the world’s most frightening medical and social problems through principled actions. Harvard Medical School graduate and MacArthur “genius” fellow Paul Farmer spent much of his med school years in Haiti, where he created a health care system and clinic in one of the most grindingly poor places in the world. Owning only one suit and living part of each year in a house without hot water, he travels widely and takes a global approach to the interaction between politics, wealth, social problems, and disease. Farmer makes a difference quietly—using his intellectual gifts and his charisma—to further his philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

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  • 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. [Kidder has] held his writer’s mirror up to an astonishing comet of a man whose reflection flatters us all for what it says about our capacity for mercy and healing.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Kidder] turns the small details of daily life into a sort of grand, universal poetry.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Kidder’s wonderful book is an antidote for cynics.”

    BookPage

  • “Recounts [Farmer’s] quest with grace and passion…both inspiring and guilt-provoking…the reader’s conscience will likely feel a deserved jab.” 

    Boston Magazine

  • “One of our finest writers of literary nonfiction brings his brilliant attentiveness to a Harvard-trained infectious-disease specialist, a real-life hero whose determination to improve health care in Haiti and elsewhere borders on the messianic.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings. It is one of those books you’ll buy for your family and friends.”

    People Magazine

  • “A fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope—and challenge—that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book.”

    James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword

  • The central character of this marvelous book is one of the most provocative, brilliant, funny, unsettling, endlessly energetic, irksome and charming characters ever to spring to life on the page…He wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you will see it.”

    Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action

  • Here is a genuine hero alive in our times. Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of gathering revelation. Like all of Tracy Kidder’s books, it is as hard to put down as any good and true story.”

    Annie Dillard, author of The Writing Life

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains is the only book I’ve read in years that made me feel like cheering. It left me uncomfortable, guilty, and exhausted—but it also inspired me, kept me up all night, and moved me to tears…Tracy Kidder has given us not only an unforgettable book but an unignorable life lesson. Hurrah!”

    Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

  • 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
  • A fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope–and challenge–that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book. James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword
  • “The central character of this marvelous book is one of the most provocative, brilliant, funny, unsettling, endlessly energetic, irksome, and charming characters ever to spring to life on the page. He has embarked on an epic struggle that will take you from the halls of Harvard Medical School to a sun-scorched plateau in Haiti, from the slums of Peru to the cold gray prisons of Moscow. He wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it. Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action
  • A profoundly inspiring and important book about one of the truly great men of our time. Ethan Canin, author of Carry Me Across the Water
  • Here is a genuine hero alive in our times. Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of gathering revelation. Like all of Tracy Kidder’s books, it is as hard to put down as any good and true story. Annie Dillard, author of The Writing Life
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains is the only book I’ve read in years that made me feel like cheering. It left me uncomfortable, guilty, and exhausted—but it also inspired me, kept me up all night, and moved me to tears. Some readers will find their lives changed forever; everyone else will emerge, at the very least, with an unexpectedly revised set of values. Tracy Kidder has given us not only an unforgettable book but an unignorable life lesson. Hurrah! Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  • “Kidder’s words reveal Farmer with such startling clarity that sometimes you are not aware you are reading. Instead, you are scrambling up a Haitian hill alongside a genius. And you can’t wait to hear what he says next.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A treatise on goodness…Kidder, one of the best nonfiction writers living today, is a methodical researcher and a penetrating interviewer. Those qualities serve his readers well here…vivid and heartrending.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Easily the most fascinating, most entertaining and, yes, most inspiring work of non-fiction I’ve read this year.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “A profoundly inspiring and important book about one of the truly great men of our time.”

    Ethan Canin, author of Carry Me Across the Water

  • Rarely has idealism fared so well on the planet as in Tracy Kidder’s eloquently reported Mountains Beyond Mountains. One is tempted to call Paul Farmer’s passionate sensibilities and loving ambitions otherworldly, but only in sadness that there are too few of him in the world. Kidder has provided us all, as the Farmerites say, with a road map to decency, and such an endowment is beyond measure. Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands
  • Is there anything Tracy Kidder can't do? This is a beautiful book, and a masterful one. Even better, Mountains Beyond Mountains is a page-turner that will crack your conscience open. Stacey Schiff, author of Vera
  • “An incredible story about an incredible man told by an incredible writer. Mountains Beyond Mountains is the sort of book that makes you want to buy a hundred copies and pass them out like a street corner evangelist. It's the sort of book that will affect your life in a profound way. In a good way. Thom Jones, author of The Pugilist at Rest
  • “Saints are notoriously difficult people, but who knew one could be so funny, so utterly charming, and finally so deft in accomplishing that most impossible of all job descriptions--changing the world? Tracy Kidder's spellbinding story presents us with an unlikely saint and finally, with inspiration so compelling it makes the usual cynicism about global change seem indulgent foolishness. Patricia Hampl, author of A Romantic Education
  • “Mountains Beyond Mountains is an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views. It is the perfect testament to a man who continues to reshape medicine and who has become, undoubtedly, an uncommon savior to a country that desperately needed one. If this book doesn’t scream Pulitzer, I don’t know what does.”

    USA Today

  • “A tale that inspires, discomforts and provokes.”

    New York Times

  • “If I ever go on a retreat again, this is the kind of book I’d like to take for spiritual reading…[Kidder] knows it is impossible to live like Farmer, but the impossibility is the very thing that can somehow give us life.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “This sensitive, compelling portrait just might, beyond its educational value and absorbing reading, spur at least some readers to help with the kind of action Farmer has dedicated his life to.

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Remind[s] us that we’re implicated in all the problems Farmer’s working to solve…His complicated humanity only makes him more like the rest of us in our shortcomings—and leaves us asking why we all aren't a little more like him in our virtues.”

    Newsday

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