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Tracy Kidder was educated at the University of Iowa and Harvard University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam. Kidder has garnered numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for General Nonfiction both in 1982. He has also been honored mehr anzeigen with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 1990 and the Christopher Award, 1990. His publications include numerous nonfiction articles and short fiction for The Atlantic and other periodicals. Non-Fiction books include The Road to Yuba City, Doubleday, 1974; The Soul of a New Machine, Atlantic Monthly-Little Brown, 1981 for which he won a Pulitzer and a National Book Award; House, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Old Friends, Houghton Mifflin, 1993; Home Town, Random House, 1999; Mountains Beyond Mountains, Random House, 2003; My Detachment, Random House, 2005; Strength in What Remains, Random House, 2009. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen
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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.” - from publisher… (mehr)
PendleHillLibrary | 146 weitere Rezensionen | Jun 19, 2024 |
Author Tracy Kidder had the opportunity to ride with Dr. Jim O'Connell and his Street Team for five years, as they gave medical treatment and check-ins to "rough sleepers" - those homeless folks who generally elect to stay on the streets rather than go to a shelter - in Boston. He describes Dr. Jim's work, how he got there, and the various people he provides services to.

This was a really excellent book, but so difficult to describe. Kidder does a great job of profiling one man and his work, as well as zooming out and exploring the multifaceted challenges in truly eradicating homelessness, while telling you story of person after person affected by health problems, trauma, substance abuse, and more. Dr. Jim would be the first person to tell you he's not a saint - but he does work hard to bring health services to a population most would like to ignore, and he does it with grace and compassion. Indeed, he compares it often to the myth of Sisyphus, and feeling like you're starting over from square one over and over again. But he keeps going, keeps working, and for some folks, it really does make a difference.… (mehr)
bell7 | 13 weitere Rezensionen | May 22, 2024 |
This book is kind of weird because Kidder just jumps in without providing a lot of context about the book's project. There is no helpful introduction to let the reader know what they are going to get out of this book.

Kidder closely observed the process of bringing a new computer to life at Data General, a company that built computers in the 1970s. DG was known for being a cut-throat rebel on the market. When they saw that their competitors were building a computer with entirely new architecture that was going to be a game-changer, they realized that they needed to come up with something even better, but there was disagreement within the company about how to do it. This book covers the creation of their Eagle computer, which was a renegade project within the company.

The book goes into excruciating detail about various managers' leadership styles, ultimately hailing the project leader West as a kind of behind-the-scenes hero who on the surface seemed to have only superficial involvement but was actually the mastermind behind the whole thing. It delves a lot into the corporate culture, and how employees were expected to devote their lives to the project: there was no work-life balance. Kidder also gives little biographies of a lot of employees, looking at how their personalities helped or hindered their work.

The book also includes excruciating detail about how the Eagle computer was built and how it works. Anyone interested in computer science will find this fascinating... people who are not interested in computer science will find it tedious (I fall somewhere in the middle). There are long chapters about late-night debugging sessions and how engineers solved specific problems.

This book is a useful historical record of a pivotal time in computer science, and the amount of detail is impressive, but I found it a slog to read.
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Gwendydd | 51 weitere Rezensionen | May 18, 2024 |
This is my first Tracy Kidder read and I just moved to Amherst MA, and have a kid in Northampton MA.

Home Town is a memoir, woven-together stories of several inhabitants of Northampton Massachusetts from the 1950s through late 1990s. The main character is Tommy, a police officer and long time resident, but the story delves into stories of criminals, wealthy eccentrics, Smith College students, and others. It captures the small town feel in general and the Northampton vibe specifically, very very well. It's easy to read, mild, enjoyable. But it is too long. I was pretty tired of the characters by the end and there were portions I think could have been shortened or skipped as they just dragged on, especially in the absence of any significant plot.… (mehr)
technodiabla | 15 weitere Rezensionen | Mar 21, 2024 |



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