Creating Room to Read: Book summary and reviews of Creating Room to Read by John Wood

Creating Room to Read

A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

By John Wood

Creating Room to Read
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2013,
    320 pages.

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What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector - and succeeded spectacularly.

In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization's next steps and its latest challenges - from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.

People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood's inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man's mission to put books within every child's reach.

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"An absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement." - Kirkus

"Wood's passion for literacy and education infuses every page. An inspiring read on the power of books." - Booklist

"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 of Facebook

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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 nonprofit organizations. 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.

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