A Path Appears
Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
“Hope is like a path in the countryside. Originally, there is nothing – but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears.”
—Lu Xun, Chinese essayist, 1921
In their #1 New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are using research, evidence-based strategies, and brilliant ideas to make the world a better place.
With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, determine some of today’s most successful local and global initiatives to fight inequality, and evaluate particularly effective forms of help such as early childhood education. Intimately linked to this analysis are the astonishing stories the authors share from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, resoundingly upending the view that one person can’t make a difference.
We meet people like Dr. Gary Slutkin, who developed his landmark Cure Violence program to combat inner-city violence in the United States by applying principles of public health, and Lester Strong, who left a career as a high-powered television anchor to run an organization that engages older Americans as tutors in underprivileged public schools. A Path Appears makes clear how typical citizens can drive the momentum of worthy solutions to our world’s most pressing social problems. It is the roadmap we’ve all been waiting for.
“These stories of real people struggling for survival and opportunity serve as a powerful reminder that poverty is complex and painful, but the call to action doesn’t need to be.”
~Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
“This book is a class act. Its insights and honesty touch me on the deepest of levels and inspire me to raise my game to help the poor.”
~Bill Hybels, founding pastor, Willow Creek Community Church