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Creating Room to Read


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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 charities. 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


"[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."--"Financial Times" "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."--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" "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 author of "Lean In" "A refreshing reminder of the power of libraries--their ability to transform individual lives and strengthen communities."--Melinda Gates "An absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Wood's passion for literacy and education infuses every page. An inspiring read on the power of books."--"Booklist" "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."--Nick Kristof

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