We Beat the Street by The Three Doctors

Released: April 20, 2006
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 194
Publisher: Puffin
ISBN-10: 0-14-240627-9

We Beat the Street: How A Friendship Pact Led to Success is a revised version of the Three Doctors‘ book, The Pact. It describes how they went from being three street-tough kids in Newark, NJ, to medical professions (two doctors and one dentist), despite having less than advantageous childhoods, in a way that’s very accessible to pre-teens and teenagers.

Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins have done something very courageous with this book, laying out what it was like for them growing up in tough neighbourhoods, trying to stay away from crime and drugs. They’re very honest about their mistakes and their successes, and their book is written in a way that’s very straightforward and engaging. I particularly like the one-page reflections at the end of each chapter, which the doctors write in the first person. They are insightful snippets.

We Beat the Street is an uplifting true story that shows how much can be accomplished with determination and support. I have a cousin who’s the right age for this book and I think I’m going to suggest it to him, in the hopes that he’ll appreciate how far anyone can go. (Not that he needs the motivation – he’s very bright.) And I think I may look for The Pact since it’s geared toward a more mature reader.

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