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Dr. Schweitzer of Lambarene Hardcover – January 1, 1960


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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1199306584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1199306586
  • ASIN: B0006AWHYQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,621,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Golden on August 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An informal and intimate portrait of, arguably, the most important Christian of the 20th century. Written from a first-hand perspective during and after a visit to Lambarene by the author. Lots of b&w photographs fill the book. Indispensible to anyone interested in learning about Dr. Schweitzer.
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This long review covers (1) the book itself, (2) two great figures of the era who are now somewhat obscure, Schweitzer and the author himself, Norman Cousins, and (3) the era. I first read the book as a teen, in 1960. The passage of fifty four years puts its importance in better perspective, and allows me to put the key ideas of the book into historical perspective.

Norman Cousins was the editor of the influential Saturday Review (of Literature) from 1940 to 1971. He was also a dedicated pacific and crusader against nuclear testing. He had several objectives in visiting Schweitzer's hospital in Lambaréné in 1957. He wanted to interview the great man; he wanted to make photographic copies of two of Schweitzer's books in progress, started a quarter century earlier and existing only in manuscript form, he was delivering greetings from President Eisenhower and a boy who wanted support in saving a historical church organ, and lastly, he wanted a statement from Schweitzer supporting a nuclear test ban. He was successful on all counts.

By his mid-30s Albert Schweitzer, born in 1875, had become a renowned organ interpreter, especially of Johann Sebastian Bach; a physician and surgeon; a respected Christian philosopher and writer on the early church; and most recently, the author of a well-received book on Bach. He used the royalties from that book to launch a fifth career, that of a missionary. He built a hospital on the Ogowe River, about 100 miles inland from the Atlantic coast of French Equatorial Africa, now Gabon.

Lambarene

Already by the time of Norman cousins visit in 1957 Schweitzer was something of an anachronism. He was a throwback to what one might benignly call the White Man's Burden.
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