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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Wooten, Alan Sklar Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The extraordinary story of the little South African boy whose bravery and fierce determination to make a difference despite being born with AIDS has made him the human symbol of the world’s fight against the disease, told by the veteran American journalist whose life he changed.

Five million more people contracted HIV last year alone. We’ve all seen the statistics, and they numb us; on some level our minds shut down to a catastrophe of this scope. As with other such immense human tragedies in the past, it can take the story of one special child’s life to make us open our minds and our hearts.

While the majority of all AIDS cases occur in Africa, a South African boy named Nkosi Johnson did not become “an icon of the struggle for life,” in Nelson Mandela’s words, because he was representative but because he was so very remarkable. Everyone who met Nkosi Johnson was struck by his blinding life force, his powerful intelligence and drive, his determination to make something of his short life. By the time of his death, the work he had done in his eleven years on earth was such that the New York Times ran his obituary on the front page, as did many other papers, and tributes appeared on the evening news broadcasts of every major network.

Nkosi Johnson did not live to tell his own story, but one writer whose life he changed has taken up the work of telling it for him. Luckily for the world that writer is Jim Wooten. In his hands, We Are All the Same is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit, even as it bears witness to the scope of the tragedy that is unfolding in Africa and around the world, cutting down millions of boys and girls like Nkosi Johnson before they can reach their promise. Written with the brevity and power of a parable, We Are All the Same is a book that is meant to be read by all of us, of all ages and walks of life. Its beginning and ending are terribly sad, but in the middle is the extraordinarily inspiring story of a very unlucky little boy who said “never mind, I’m going to make my life matter.” And he did.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Swinton | 2/13/2014

    " Best book I have ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosa Maio | 2/12/2014

    " This book was amazing. One of the best books i have read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brandon Fryman | 2/8/2014

    " Absolutly loved this book for many reasons. Specally since it is based on true story. The writing was beautiful. I have been to Uganda and seen first han what AIDS is doing to people first handedly. People like Nkosi, Gail, and Daphne are all heroes to me. Facing such odds and doing the best that they can do with what is given to them. I look up to the courage that Nkosi has shown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/7/2014

    " This is one of those where I'd give a 4 for the actual events/people and a 3 for interest/writing style. I enjoyed what I learned. I was moved and inspired by this story of a South African boy born with AIDS, who became a spokesman for the AIDS epidemic in Africa. "

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About the Author

Jim Wooten is ABC News’ Senior Correspondent and contributes to World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, Good Morning America, and other ABC News broadcasts. In 1994, his reports from Rwanda and Zaire for World News Tonight and Nightline won the Overseas Press Club Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and the Joe Alex Morris Award from Harvard University for distinguished foreign reporting. Before joining ABC News, Wooten had been on the staff of Esquire magazine; written a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and served as a bureau chief, national correspondent, and White House correspondent for the New York Times.