The Book

“Mountains Beyond Mountains is inspiring, disturbing, daring and completely absorbing. It will rattle our complacency; it will prick our conscience. One senses that Farmer's life and work has affected Kidder, and it is a measure of Kidder's honesty that he is willing to reveal this to the reader.”

Abraham Verghese - The New York Times Book Review, Sept. 14, 2003.

Mountains Beyond Mountains is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer and primarily his work in Haiti focusing on tuberculosis. Published in 2003, Tracy Kidder first met Dr. Farmer in 1994 when Kidder was doing a story on the U.S. troops stationed in Haiti during the transition in government from a dictatorship to a democracy. This book reports on life in Haiti seven years prior to the devastating earthquake in 2010. Readers will develop a good understanding of the poverty and the health challenges that Dr. Farmer chose to focus on and why he chose to dedicate his life to improving conditions for a population that faced so many obstacles due to its abject poverty. His story includes his time at Harvard, travels to other countries, and insights into political conditions that continue to affect Haiti and contribute to ongoing poverty.

Dr. Paul Farmer co-founded Partners in Health in 1987. He is Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was appointed as United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisory for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti on December 28, 2012.




About the Author

Tracy Kidder