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Author: Larry Brilliant Narrator: Fred Sanders Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780062652522
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The unforgettable, entertaining, and inspiring memoir of the activist, teacher, entrepreneur, and spiritual leader that illuminates some of the most revolutionary events of a generation, many of the legendary people who defined it, and a towering figure at the center of it.

Larry Brilliant’s life journey has led him on a purposeful path across continents and countercultural movements, marching arm-in-arm with the men and women who defined a generation. A man who has always been in the right place at the right time, Brilliant has engaged with some of the most prominent thought leaders, spiritual masters, heroes, and icons in the world, including Neem Karoli Baba (Maharajji), Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Mikhail Gorbachev, Wavy Gravy, the Grateful Dead, the Dalai Lama, and Barack Obama.

But this self-proclaimed “typical Jewish kid from Detroit” was no accidental witness to history. Brilliant is a force of nature in his own right, responsible for some of the most significant medical, spiritual, and social achievements of the past century—from the eradication of smallpox and treatment of blindness to introducing the teachings of the Maharajji to the Woodstock generation, to launching Google’s philanthropic enterprises. Now for the first time, Brilliant reflects on his remarkable life and his extraordinary experiences as a doctor, innovator, philanthropist, and cultural revolutionary.

As he recalls the past fifty years and all that he has seen and done, this masterful storyteller offers transformative messages of wisdom and compassion that will inspire everyone to work toward a better, more brilliant existence. His is a truly cinematic and fun journey—and a profound search for meaning that provides a new perspective on what it means to be engaged with life’s most important questions.

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  • Sometimes Brilliant is simply remarkable. Filled with inspiration and humor, Larry Brilliant’s memoir chronicles his spiritual and professional journey that includes fighting for social justice in America and helping to eradicate smallpox in India. Sometimes Brilliant is a candid assessment of a tumultuous time and an insider’s account of what can be achieved through the sheer force of a shared vision.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

  • “One of the best books I’ve ever read, period. An extraordinary adventure, scientific odyssey, and spiritual journey of the highest orders. Beautifully written and deeply inspiring; a klieg light in the darkness. Brilliant in every way!”

    Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute

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About the Author

Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, is the president and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund and was vice president of Google and executive director of Board-certified in preventive medicine and public health, he founded the international nonprofit Seva Foundation, served as chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Committee, has worked for the World Health Organization, and was an associate professor of epidemiology, global health planning, and economic development at the University of Michigan. He has received the TED Prize and two honorary doctorates, and has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” and an “International Public Health Hero.” He lives in Marin County, California.

About the Narrator

Fred Sanders, an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction, memoir, and fiction to mystery and suspense. He been seen on Broadway in The Buddy Holly Story, in national tours for Driving Miss Daisy and Big River, and on such television shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs,Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. He is a native New Yorker and Yale graduate.