A Path Appears

  • by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
  • Narrated by Oliva Wilde
  • 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad - a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be.
In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same - whether with a donation of $5 or $5 million, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.
With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initiatives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can't make a difference.
A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face today. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.


What the Critics Say

“Engaging and informative…Kristof and WuDunn’s commitment and passion for substantial action is inspiring.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Nobody clarifies the social challenges of our time, or the moral imperative to help meet them, better than Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Their latest book, A Path Appears, offers an inspiring roundup of the many simple and effective ways in which we can lend our hearts and talents to grow hope and opportunity both at home and around the globe - and an important reminder that just because we can’t do everything doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do something.” (President Bill Clinton)
“Have you ever thought that compared with so many people in the world, you are blessed and should try to help those less fortunate - but you worry that you just don’t know how to do it in a smart and effective way? Your problem has been solved. Read this engaging, moving, inspiring book. It will tell you about the world’s myriad problems but also the dazzling array of efforts to solve them. It will tell you how you can make a difference - even if all you have is ten minutes or forty dollars. And it will remind you that by giving to others you will gain for yourself the ultimate gift, a meaningful life.” (Fareed Zakaria)


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Customer Reviews

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Enlightening Read for Wise Givers (why & how)

It took me a while to get hooked into this book... perhaps because the many interesting accounts from all over the world seemed tangential and I had trouble figuring out what exactly I was suppose to be learning. After a bit, I was enjoying the wide ranging accounts so much... I didn't care about the message anymore.

The book presents numerous problems going on in the world... the intervention being made... what happened & why it succeeded, failed or made things worse. How does receiving effect the receiver? I honestly was surprised by the politics, marketing, psychology and complexities of funding, giving and making what you give count. Also how difficult it is to decide if what you have given is being used wisely. It is not always what you expect.

Many of the accounts show how just a "little bit of hope" changes lives, how one person can make a major difference in the life of others. It also explores the "giver" what happens when they give, the chemistry and psychology involved. Why we choose to give or not... and to whom. I loved the empowerment and joy obtained by a group of school children in Uganda who to donated $ to a charity in the US.

In the end, the stories are tied together and we are urged to help transform lives and create opportunity... but by then you have been free to draw your own conclusions. Mine didn't always match the authors, but the process was still stimulating. The narration is good, was well worth the credit and my time to read.
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- Jan "Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear."

Excellent! Everyone should read or listen to it!

Would you listen to A Path Appears again? Why?

Yes. My mind tends to wander when I listen to a book, so I often listen to them more than once. This one held my attention really well because of all of the great stories that are shared throughout the book. I've already started listening to it for a second time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Path Appears?

One of my biggest takeaways is that people can make a difference in so many ways - through volunteering or donating even a very small amount of money. One of the best investments that we can make is in early childhood education and parent support.

Which character – as performed by Oliva Wilde – was your favorite?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It brought tears to my eyes at times. It is one of the very best books I've ever read!

Any additional comments?

I just finished listening to this book yesterday and found it to be extremely inspirational. It shares a powerful message about making a difference in the world and is definitely a worthwhile read (or listen)! I loved all of the great stories that allow you to see the impact that a single person can make! It was so good that I also purchased a hard copy that I can reference and share with my friends.

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- Working Mom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio