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Mountains beyond Mountains (2003)

de Tracy Kidder

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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." From the Hardcover edition.… (més)
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I just finished (this morning) reading Tracy Kidder’s book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest for Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. To use an oft-abused cliche: if you read just one book this year (or in your life), read this book! I studied Paul Farmer’s work when I was a graduate student in anthropology and I had the opportunity to meet him after a talk he gave at my undergraduate school. He’s a remarkable individual and this biography of his life is simply superb. It’s almost a guide on how to be a human being. Farmer’s not about megalomania or personal enrichment. He’s just a person out there helping the poor because that’s what you need to do. Farmer, through his work, talks, and experiences, shows us that that many diseases are not individual problems but often arise out of larger economic and political inequalities. Treatments shouldn’t be based on cost-effectiveness or appropriate technology for the geographic or demographic group you’re working with. That just creates classes of people, creating artificial dichotomies of the deserving and undeserving. We’re all human beings and we all deserve access to quality heath care.

Two last things: (1) read some of Dr. Farmer’s own works, such as [b:Infections and Inequalities|10233|Infections and Inequalities The Modern Plagues|Paul Farmer|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1166152608s/10233.jpg|12952]: The Modern Plagues; and (2) Tracy Kidder’s book is a fast & fabulous read. It’s a page-turner and you’ll fly through it and be glad you read it. ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
Very thought-provoking story of Dr. Paul Farmer: who set up a medical clinic in Cagne, Haiti; and developed a new method of treating tuburculosis in Peru and Russia. Dr. Farmer criticizes many aspects of traditional Western charity, and teaches about the intriguing Christian philosophical concept of "liberation theology". ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
Undeniably a great guy. If you don't believe in his politics or disagree about the way he goes about things, I'm inclined to say, shut up, what have you done? That said, the read wasn't very enjoyable - ok, the guy does this, does that, goes to a global scale, and I believe in his mission and his actions, but as a story, it was dry, making me want to skip from one predictable thing to the next. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
Paul Farmer has a martyr complex that is not especially endearing, and his ego can be grating. But he also is directed by a profound sense of justice and a hatred of those things that stand in the way of justice. This means hatred not only of the institutions which create injustice, but also the institutions which improperly serve justice, or stop short of justice for all (such as White Liberals, NGOs, etc.). This is something I deeply respect.

It is interesting the parallels between the activist anarchist milieu and the team that operates around Paul Farmer. Both grapple with international institutions and against them. Both rail against the White Liberals that too often fund them. Both wish to bring justice to a community, and then to train the community to leave it self sufficient (a la Common Ground). Both come up with alienating internal jargon. Both forego personal pleasure and luxury in favor of time spent organizing. Some of the best and the worst aspects of each community (Paul Farmer's and anarchists') are found in one another.

The challenge of Paul Farmer is: Is there a more compelling way to live your life than with the devotion that he has? ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 29, 2020 |
In this non-fiction semi biography of Dr. Paul Farmer who has gone to great feats to helps those afflicted with TB and other life-threatening diseases in 3rd world countries.

The way author Tracy Kidder describes Dr. Farmer scheduled his time and hours from country to country sounded exhausting. Dr. Farmer’s drive is something I think most people wish they had, including myself. He seemed to have great persistence and drive to not only heal and help so many but to also encourage others to do the same.

This was my first book by Tracey Kidder and the book was interesting but the way the book was written was almost like a list of what Dr. Paul Farmer had done with his life. I feel I wanted more descriptions of people and situations not just “This guy was great at this.”. For me, this was a long-winded tale with no actual story.

Even though I did not enjoy this book it does not mean I would not try another book by this author. I read this as part of the Life’s Library book club and to be honest, I do not read that much non-fiction so maybe this, not a book I was going to like even if it was written differently. ( )
  lavenderagate | Apr 7, 2020 |
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''Mountains Beyond Mountains'' is inspiring, disturbing, daring and completely absorbing. It will rattle our complacency; it will prick our conscience.
 
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Beyond mountains there are mountains.
--Haitian proverb

. . . And right action is freedom
From past and future also.
For most of us, this is the aim
Never here to be realized;
Who are only undefeated
Because we have gone on trying . . .
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Six years after the fact, Dr. Paul Edward Farmer reminded me, "We met because of a beheading, of all things."
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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." From the Hardcover edition.

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