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The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village Paperback – January 15, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada; Reprint edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385667191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385667197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Grandest Challenge
"The Grandest Challenge is not only enlightening, solution orientated and deeply personal but it also encourages the reader to challenge the existing norm and encourages us to ask ourselves pivotal questions."
—The Independent (UK)

About the Author

ABDALLAH DAAR was born in Tanzania. He is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. He is the recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, and often advises governments and the UN, UNESCO, WHO and OECD on global health. 

PETER SINGER is Director of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary-General's Office, the Government of Canada, and Pepsico Inc. He is also a sought-after commentator and public speaker.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eppur si muove on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I published a long review of Singer and Daar's book in the April 2012 issue of the Literary Review of Canada. I found that the book had some strong points, but at least as many weak points, and overall I found it lacking in complexity and needlessly self-promoting for the authors. (I won't repeat my review here, but will put it on SSRN shortly for those who are interested.)

But the reason I am writing this review is to draw attention to the fact that Andrea Lesperance, who posted on Amazon a glowing five-star review of the book, has failed to disclose that she is an EMPLOYEE of the authors' organization, Grand Challenges Canada. Ms. Lesperance is a Project Director at Grand Challenges Canada, and the book's authors, Peter Singer and Abdallah Daar, are senor executives at Grand Challenges Canada.

Basically, Ms. Lesperance posted a stellar review (five stars) of a book written by her bosses, WITHOUT disclosing that connection.

Anyone reviewing a book written by their bosses arguably has a financial conflict of interest. I won't speculate why this happened with Singer and Daar's book, but ask yourself what the reasons might be.

I also think that Amazon needs a better conflict of interest policy, but that's another story.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Lesperance on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"An engaging account...inspirational. The authors of this book are role models for how empathy and dedication to social justice can serve as powerful forces to solve our most difficult global challenges."
Calestous Juma, Kennedy School, Harvard University

"Daar and Singer show us how to rise to the grandest challenge of all: to make sure that science keeps its promise to all people, not just the rich. They point the way to how we can heal sick, protect the vulnerable, reach the unreached, and bring human dignity to all. Essential reading."
Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

"The last two decades have seen a dramatic transformation in the way medical research and innovation is pursued. No longer is science ruthlessly focussed on the diseases of affluent societies; now we recognize the importance of preventing premature death in every setting. This remarkable change has often been initiated and always facilitated by the work of doctors Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer and their Centre for Global Health in Toronto. They have particularly advocated for taking the excitement of modern biomedical research to countries with major medical needs. This is both their own story and the story of the emerging field of global health, one that is full of remarkable characters who have fuelled this revolution. It is a fascinating story, made richer because of the direct involvement of Daar and Singer, and also, crucially, because there is so much at stake."
Professor Sir John Bell, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University

"Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer have created a gift for all those committed to tackling global health and development challenges.
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