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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Kidder Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Priyanka yadav | 2/5/2014

    " It's one of the most inspiring books I have read. Based on the life of a physician and philanthropist, it shows how much one can achieve if one has the determination. The line that touched me the most was when Dr. Farmer says, "The problem is, if I don't work this hard, someone will die who doesn't have to." With his selflessness and the desire to achieve social justice and health equity, he kept conquering every "mountain" blocking his path,one after another! The author has done a great job. Being an active character in the book himself, he has made the truth more believable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charles Thompson | 2/2/2014

    " Kidder gives what seems like a reasonably even-handed portrait Paul Farmer given his clear adoration of his subject. I Felt it was longer than it needed to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jimmy Ceedee | 1/24/2014

    " A good read. Details like this make us aware of the struggles of the idealistic notions of Global Health that many people, including myself, decided to enter the fray of medicine. Recommend reading for anyone regardless of your connection to the medical field. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/23/2014

    " This is an amazing inspiring read. If I could be 5% of Paul Farmer, I would do amazing things. He is a reminder that to affect change in the world it requires tireless dedication, love, empathy and some amout of insanity. "For me, an area of moral clarity is: you're in front of someone who's suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act." One of my favorite of Farmer's quotes. "

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