Schweitzer: A Biography

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He was an accomplished organist and interpreter of Bach, a crusader for world peace, and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He made his philosophy of "reverence for life" an ethic for the world. The hospital he founded in LambarA(c)nA(c) (still in operation in present-day Gabon) is a model of what Europeans might have given to Africans throughout colonial history. But above all, Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a talented and compassionate human being. This biography probes beyond the timeworn image of Schweitzer as "the old man in the pith helmet" to reveal the philosopher, scholar, husband, father, humanitarian, and liberal rebel in a conservative church.

 

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Contents

Toward the Light
1
The Scholar Emerges
20
The Academic Life
39
Breaking from Europe
63
The Renegade Missionary
81
The First Mission Hospital
101
Doctor in the Jungle
112
At Home in Africa
126
War Comes Again
209
The Postwar World
229
The Modern Schweitzer Hospital
249
The Man Within
259
The World Citizen
277
Last Years and Controversy
291
Afterword
309
Bibliography
325

The Return to Lambaréné
156
Between the World Wars
169
The Challenge of Europe
192

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