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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."


Praise for John Wood and "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World"
"The bottom line is passion, and it seems the world is better off for John Wood having followed his." USA Today

"A rare business book that not only provides savvy insights for better business practices but transcends the category altogether, to rank as an infectiously inspiring read...Marked by sincerity and savvy, this is the kind of book that buisiness colleagues will discuss with their acquaintances, spouses and friends." Publishers Weekly
"Just think what would happen if a couple of hundred people followed his example." Bill Clinton
"Wood is obsessed with putting to work the business practices he learned at Microsoft...melding 'the compassion of mother Teresa' with the 'focus and tenacity of a clue chip company.'" Financial Times
"I haven't cried so much reading a book in a long time. It's very emotional to read about both Wood's own struggles and the stories he tells of his travels. His outlook is wonderfully optimistic." Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence
"John's story is a spellbinding tale of his transformation from Microsoft velociraptor to a new life bringing the amazing gift of literacy to millions of kids around the world." Marc Andreessen, cofounder Netscape Communications
"If work is the rent you pay for the space you occupy on earth, then Wood's journey into the world of nonproficts is testimony to that old adage. Always inspirational, this book is guaranteed to prompt many readers to open their hearts." Booklist
"As much about business practices as about personal discovery, this book lives up to its name as it details how the author traded in the executive lifestyle to champion his own nonprofit organization, Room To Read." School Library Journal"

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