A Path Appears by Kristof and WuDunn

A Path Appears by Kristof and WuDunn

Our group has read and analyzed A Path Appears by Kristof and WuDunn. The book talks about how each one of us has the chance to make a difference. The author proves this to the readers many times by whether we know it or not, can make a difference in our communities and the world. We can see this in the stories of Rachel Beckwith, Dr. Gary Slutkin, Lester Strong, Esther Duflo, Jessica Posner, and Kennedy Odede. It is also discussed how studies provide scientific evidence about the mindset of the wealth, how social interaction with a newborn in their first months and years is essential, and how charity can be viewed as a “return on investment” (Kristof & WuDunn X).

Main Characters & Setting

The main characters of the book were Rachel Beckwith, Dr. Gary Slutkin, Lester Strong, Esther Duflo, Jessica Posner, and Kennedy Odede. Some key characteristics that are common among all the main characters are how they are caring, dedicated, and knowledgeable. Every single one of them possesses each of the critical traits established above in their unique ways. For instance, Rachel was demonstrating her genuine interest and passion for assisting those who are less fortunate. This is true because she could have been selfish and took her usual presents for her birthday. However, she chooses to direct her donors to assist those in Africa without clean drinking water. “Remembering her birthday campaign for clean water, they began to donate to it on the charity: water website. […] In the end, Rachel’s campaign raised $1,265,823 – enough to provide clean water for 37,000 people” (Kristof & WuDunn, 2014).

Furthermore, the other main characters participated in helping others in a similar way Rachel did. Dr. Gary Slutkin, The actions of Rachel and the other characters, exhibit a high caliber of public service. It’s also seen in the other characters like Dr. Gary Slutkin, and Lester Strong. Dr. Slutkin is a disease specialist who was battling AIDS, tuberculous, and cholera. He became passionate about ending gang violence at the age of 10. The reason why he did was that it “sounded Somalia and other places he knew”  (Kristof & WuDunn, 2014). He eventually developed the Cure Violence program which helped to resolve inner-city violence with the utilization of epidemiologic strategies.

The traits the main characters exhibit and are showing others is that the fact of being interested in helping to make a difference is just enough to change the world. A study mentioned in the book found that those who make less money, give more of their income way (Kristof & WuDunn, 1994). This is something our group would like to change in society. Our vision of advocacy is one where all citizens, in one way or another, are active members of the world and give back to help others who are less fortunate. You can choose to donate your time or money to get things accomplished for the betterment of society as a whole.


The stories within the book take place in different locations. This can be seen in different periods of the book. For instance, Rachel’s story begins in Oregon but has connections and ties to Africa. The narrator talks about her interest in helping Africans acquiring clean water and her efforts to raise money for an operation that would amount to just that. Provide another example? Indians?  It seems like 1-3 sentences is needed.

Problems of the Main Characters

The problem the main characters faced is how best to help others?


Critical Analysis

Upon an overall analysis of the book, one can conclude that the theme or lesson that can be learned is how everyone should be involved to make a better planet.  This can be seen the quote in the book by President John F. Kennedy which says, “one person can make a difference, and everyone should try”.

Kristof, Nicholas D. A Path Appears (p. 19). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Policy Recommendations















This is the presentation questions below not the book report.


An opinion of the Book & Project

We believe the book provides excellent value to potential readers and the youth. Instilling the importance of giving back at a young age is very important. We also concur with the idea of philan

  • Describe the characteristic traits of the main character(s) as it relates to your vision of advocacy.

Some characteristics are that they are oppressed and poor

  • Place the book in its geographic and historical context.


  • Explain the problem that the main character(s) had in the story including the main themes and key facts and ideas.

Oppressed women are looking for opportunity and jobs.

  • Present an insightful and critical analysis of issues presented.

These women are being denied their human rights.

  • Present a recommendation for policies in general or specifically for education.

If society stops to acknowledge these problems happening in Africa and around the world, we may come up with a way to educate these women. With education comes with jobs and opportunity,

  • Give your opinion of the book and the Global Reading Circle group project.

John: In my opinion, I enjoyed reading “A Path Appears” because it shows how serious some of these issues are. Before reading this book, I knew of these problems happening around the world, but I fully did not understand how little opportunity these women have.

Wilson: In my opinion, this book was a good read on “A Path Appears,” it showed what was happening around the world and that peoples human rights were being violated. It went so far that many people did not have a lot of opportunities and had to sell themselves as the women had too. These problems have been around a long time; however, I did not realize until after reading this book that there has been little change. Even though the book shows us what everyone is doing to try and get the world back on track, we need more people to be aware of the problem to make a more significant impact.

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