Tracy Kidder, Author of "Mountains Beyond Mountains"

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John Tracy Kidder is a well known American literary journalist. He was born in 1945 in New York City and spent his childhood in Oyster Bay, Long Island. After earning a degree from Harvard in 1967, Kidder served overseas in the United States Army as a first lieutenant, Military Intelligence in Vietnam earning a Bronze Star. Following his years of service, Kidder received a Masters degree from the University of Iowa. Over his extensive career, he has written some enormously popular books including his Pulitzer Prize and National Book of the Year award winning The Soul of a New Machine. Other bestsellers include House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, and Home Town.

Possibly his most influential book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, highlights two global health crises, tuberculosis and AIDS, and follows Dr. Paul Farmer’s inspiring efforts to establish hospitals to treat and prevent the spread of both epidemics. To this day, Kidder remains a good friend and advocate for Dr. Farmer and his efforts to aid global health.

Kidder also writes for the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. He is a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Massachusetts, Springfield College, and Clarkson University, and currently resides in Williamsburg, Massachusetts with his wife, Frances, and family.