Tracy Kidder


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in New York, New York, The United States
November 12, 1945

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Tracy Kidder is an American author and Vietnam War veteran. Kidder may be best known, especially within the computing community, for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Soul of a New Machine, an account of the development of Data General's Eclipse/MV minicomputer. The book typifies his distinctive style of research. He began following the project at its inception and, in addition to interviews, spent considerable time observing the engineers at work and outside of it. Using this perspective he was able to produce a more textured portrait of the development process than a purely retrospective study might.

Kidder followed up with House, in which he chronicles the design and construction of the award-winning Souweine House in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Mountains Beyond Mountains:...

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Strength in What Remains: A...

4.01 avg rating — 14,201 ratings — published 2000 — 21 editions
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The Soul of a New Machine

4.10 avg rating — 5,540 ratings — published 1981 — 25 editions
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Among Schoolchildren

3.93 avg rating — 2,175 ratings — published 1989 — 20 editions
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House

3.97 avg rating — 1,971 ratings — published 1985 — 14 editions
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Home Town

3.75 avg rating — 1,340 ratings — published 1999 — 12 editions
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A Truck Full of Money

3.49 avg rating — 1,188 ratings — published 2016 — 10 editions
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Old Friends

3.89 avg rating — 621 ratings — published 1993 — 17 editions
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My Detachment: A Memoir

3.40 avg rating — 547 ratings — published 2005
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“... "You may not see the ocean, but right now we are in the middle of the ocean, and we have to keep swimming.”
Tracy Kidder, Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness

“And I can imagine Farmer saying he doesn't care if no one else is willing to follow their example. He's still going to make these hikes, he'd insist, because if you say that seven hours is too long to walk for two families of patients, you're saying that their lives matter less than some others', and the idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world.”
Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

“How could a just God permit great misery? The Haitian peasants answered with a proverb: "Bondye konn bay, men li pa konn separe," in literal translation, "God gives but doesn't share." This meant... God gives us humans everything we need to flourish, but he's not the one who's supposed to divvy up the loot. That charge was laid upon us.”
Tracy Kidder, Paul Farmer (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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