Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder

Mountains Beyond Mountains

By Tracy Kidder

  • Release Date: 2003-09-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 146 Ratings


“[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick.”—Nicholas Thomas, USA Today

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

Praise for Mountains Beyond Mountains

“A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings . . . Its stark sense of reality comes as much from the grit between the pages as from the pure gold those pages spin.”—Laura Claridge, Boston Sunday Globe

“Stunning . . . 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.”—John Wilkens, The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Easily the most fascinating, most entertaining and, yes, most inspiring work of nonfiction I’ve read this year.”—Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury News

“It’ll fill you equally with wonder and hope.”—Cathy Burke, People

“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)

Amazon/iTunes Reviews


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  • An eye-opener

    By JenJenbabiee
    Never have I ever read a book that made me want to go out there and do something. I'm from Haiti and this book Inspired me to branch out to not only my countries but to places around the world that need a helping hand. Paul Farmer did not have to do the things that he did but he chose to because he cared about the people's well-being and for that I think that he is an extraordinary person. Never did he complain and he was willing to travel back and forth to make sure that the people out there were getting the right treatment. This book started out just as a summer reading book but it opened my eyes to see that there are things to be improved out there and I don't need to wait for someone to get to it. I can do it myself. Thank You Tracy Kidder.
  • Mountains beyond mountains

    By Smile, it's good for you
    Pretty good book. Very insightful
  • He's amazing.

    By breeteebee
    I got this book for summer homework, and I loved it. He's an inspiration to everyone to look deeper and think about what they can do for the world. He should be a celebrity.
  • Dr. Farmer is an inspiration for our time.

    By Bcl06001
    This story, told through the eyes of Tracy Kidder drove me through my undergrads studies and continues to be the motivating for behind my graduate studies in medicine. In a time where I still have no health insurance despite having a full time job, I escape to this book and strive to employ Dr.Farmers ideals in my own life.