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The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
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Jan 31, 09

Read in December, 2008

Ms. Novogratz is a big dreamer and a bigger doer. This book--which reads alternately like a novel, a memoir, a diary, or a lecture--chronicles her development from a 20-something idealist to a 40-something optimist, well-grounded and well-schooled in the ways of a complex world.

The author jump-started a bakery in Kigali where her friends and colleagues, in years to come, were both victims and perpretrators of the Rwandan genocide, was assaulted on the shores of Tanzania, climbed a volcano in Zaire in a drenching downpour and ran down through golf-ball sized hailstones, danced in Nairobi's slums in a mud and tin hut, and personally watched the planes bring down the World Trade Centers.

So what if the writing occasionally bogs down with tedious details of who, what, and when. This woman has been there, done that, and we can't afford to pass up the opportunity to learn from her. You'll never think of philanthropy and (patient) capitalism the same way again. You may end up, in Ms. Novogratz's words, "...accepting the disorder at the crucible of human existence." AND, having a go at changing it.
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