A Mighty Purpose: How Jim Grant Sold the World on Saving Its Children

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Other Press, LLC, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
The inspiring story of how the iconoclastic humanitarian Jim Grant succeeded in saving the lives of tens of millions of children through his extraordinary ability to persuade world leaders

Nicholas Kristof hailed Jim Grant as a man who “probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Mao, and Stalin combined.” Nominated by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 to head UNICEF, Grant ran the United Nations agency for fifteen years and became the most powerful advocate for children the world has ever seen. To ensure that even children trapped by war received health care and immunizations, he brokered humanitarian ceasefires by exploiting the political self-interests of presidents and warlords alike. Grant at first met fierce resistance at the United Nations and in his own organization, and some thought his ideas were crazy and dangerous. But as he kept toppling obstacle after obstacle, he eventually won over even his most stubborn detractors. Grant spearheaded a near quadrupling of worldwide childhood immunization rates and launched a movement that profoundly altered the face of global health and international development.
 

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A biographical commemoration of a powerful champion of children's health. Under the 15-year directorship of James Grant (1922-1995), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund grew ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
38
Section 4
66
Section 5
91
Section 6
119
Section 7
143
Section 8
170
Section 13
253
Section 14
273
Section 15
288
Section 16
312
Section 17
336
Section 18
364
Section 19
389
Section 20
403

Section 9
178
Section 10
210
Section 11
227
Section 12
239
Section 21
405
Section 22
407
Section 23
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About the author (2015)

Adam Fifield is a journalist from Vermont. His work has appeared in the New YorkTimes, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times,Village Voice, Philadelphia Magazine, and PhiladelphiaInquirer, where he was a staff writer. He is the author of A Blessing Over Ashes(William Morrow, 2000), a memoir about his Cambodian foster brother. From 2007 to 2013, he served as the Deputy Director of Editorial and Creative Services at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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