- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780142180501
- ISBN-13: 978-0142180501
- ASIN: 0142180505
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy Paperback – January 28, 2014
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“[John Wood’s] extraordinary enthusiasm [and] boldness…come through clearly. His legacy of libraries is one of which another role model – Andrew Carnegie – would no doubt have been proud, especially since Wood began with nothing like the same personal fortune.”
“Room to Read will show people they do not need to accept the forces of darkness….May the larger, smarter, more compassionate team win. I know which side will get my investment.”
“John Wood is building a global movement around literacy and gender equality. Creating Room to Read offers a blueprint for transforming lives…and eventually the world.”
—Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook and New York Times bestselling author of Lean In
“A refreshing reminder of the power of libraries—their ability to transform individual lives and strengthen communities.”
“An absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement.”
“Wood’s passion for literacy and education infuses every page. An inspiring read on the power of books.”
"Just think what would happen if a couple hundred people followed his example."
—President Bill Clinton
"One of the legendary triumphs of philanthropy was Andrew Carnegie's construction of more than 2,500 libraries. Numerically, it has already been surpassed several times over by an American man you've probably never heard of. Wood is tireless, enthusiastic and emotional: a motivational speaker with no off button."
About the Author
John Wood worked for Microsoft for nine years, helping grow the company’s international profile. He resigned at thirty-five and founded Room to Read, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s top nonprofit organizations. He documented his decision and the creation of Room to Read in his memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. He lives in New York City.
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The book includes fascinating accounts of the experiences of some of the key employees who have helped to build the organization. Anyone who has worked in the developing world will appreciate the level of commitment and passion it has taken for these staffers to get the job done on behalf of the children they serve. The book recaps Room to Read's efforts to adapt and embrace change as it grows, in a wildly dynamic economic environment. It's rare that a book recounts experiences that did not go so well. (See the chapter on the start-up year in South Africa.) But Wood's candor in addressing these issues and his growth as a leader provide valuable lessons for other organizations, lending to the credibility of this impressive book.
What you'll remember most are the heart-melting personal stories of the kids (and families) whose lives are being forever transformed by a shot at an education. This book is a great read for anyone who needs to be reminded that even if no single individual can solve all the world's problems, one inspiring and committed leader can change the lives of millions.
Inspiring. Loved reading the inspiring stories of the communities and people supported through Room to Read's work. As a business junkie, really enjoyed reading about the funding and business challenges as well. Have always appreciated the transparency of Room to Read. A non-profit that's run like a business. Now that's where I want to put my money!
I've been a donor since just before Leaving Microsoft and continue to support the organization because of the greatness of the work that John and the entire Room to Read organization are doing to change the world. Creating a "youth-quake." LOVED that phrase in the book.
Well done John. A(nother) check is in the mail. :)