The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men: Inspiration, Vision, and Purpose in the Quest to End Malaria

Bill Shore (Author)
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Description

A small cadre of scientists--collaborators and competitors--are determined to develop a vaccine for malaria, a feat most tropical disease experts have long considered impossible. Skepticism, doubt, and a host of logistical and financial obstacles dog their quest. Success may ultimately elude them. Why, and how, do they persist?

The kind of person who decides to combat malaria must have a very rare combination of attributes: dogged enough to keep going when results are slow; independent enough to continue, often alone, when other, more popular, causes distract attention from their work; self-confident enough in the importance of the work to persist when the beneficiaries may reside thousands of miles distant. Above all, taking on a challenge of this scale requires a fearlessly bold moral imagination that defies reason. Bill Shore tells the story of man's attempt to combat malaria through the drama of the handful of scientists and organizations currently seeking to curb, and in one case, at least, cure, the world of this most ancient and persistent scourge. It is a drama to the death.

The story of these uncompromising scientists serves as a springboard for Shore's passionate inquiry into the character and moral fabric of those who devote their lives to solving the world's most pressing and perplexing problems. During his career as a social entrepreneur Shore has persistently wrestled with this fundamental question: What does it take to make a truly transformational difference? To achieve not just incremental progress but a game changer or, in the case of malaria, a life saver? In this moving and inspiring book, he offers compelling answers.

Product Details

Price
$17.99
Publisher
PublicAffairs
Publish Date
July 31, 2012
Pages
311
Dimensions
5.15 X 0.85 X 7.98 inches | 0.66 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781610391900
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About the Author

Bill Shore is the founder and executive director of Share Our Strengthร‚(R), the nation's leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America, which he founded in 1984. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Timberland Company, and of Venture Philanthropy Partners. Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern School of Business and is currently the program advisor for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Center for Public Leadership. He is the author of three books.

Reviews

Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls
"Bill Shore's The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men is all about links, often invisible, between science and compassion, imagination and reason, philanthropy and markets, competition and cooperation. It's also about solving some of the world's most intractable problems--intractable, Shore argues passionately and convincingly, because all but a few of us too readily accept the conventional wisdom that they are unsolvable. It is, in other words, a necessary book."

David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
"Bill Shore provides fascinating insights into the journeys of two wonderful men trying to change the world--one a scientist and the other the author himself. Both lives show that character, ambition, imagination, and the stubborn conviction that good is not good enough are indispensable to every leader seeking higher ground."

Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2010
"An upbeat account of several American scientists researching malaria prevention.. Mr. Shore tells his story well."