The Pact

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Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors.

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Overview

Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day—they are all doctors.

This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
A powerful message of hope.
Philadelphia Enquirer
Gripping, courageous, and inspiring.
Publishers Weekly
Growing up in broken homes in a crime-ridden area of Newark, N.J., these three authors could easily have followed their childhood friends into lives of drug-dealing, gangs and prison. They tell harrowing stories of being arrested for assault and mugging drug dealers, and of the lack of options they saw as black teenagers. But when their high school was visited by a recruiter from a college aimed at preparing minority students for medical school, the three friends decided to make something of their lives. Through the rigors of medical and dental school, and a brief detour into performing rap music at local clubs, they supported each other. Today, Davis and Hunt are doctors, and Jenkins is a dentist; the men's Three Doctors Foundation funds scholarships to give other poor black kids the same opportunities. The authors aren't professional readers, and it shows. They're clearly reading aloud, not speaking spontaneously. But the authenticity of their urban accents and the earnestness and sincerity in their voices give their inspiring tale an immediacy that would be lost with a professional narrator. Based on the Riverhead hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 22). (June)n Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This production is based on the inspiring story of three young, lower-middle-class black friends who live in Newark, NJ, and make a pact to help each other to reach their shared goal of becoming doctors, and they do so despite innumerable daunting experiences. The audiobook presents another theme central to the lives of Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt-giving back. Teens, especially those at risk, who hear this tale of the authors' struggle to make something of their lives in the face of the enormous temptations of the street and to support each other so that all three might succeed will receive a gift: an extraordinary model of self-determination. They will also be moved by the earnest tone of the narration, provided by the men themselves. Highly recommended for all public and secondary school library collections.-Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573229890
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 37,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.

Lisa Frazier Page is a national award-winning writer for The Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Dreaming Big
2. Home
3. Ma
4. Common Ground
5. Caged
6. A Big Break
7. Hope

George on Peer Pressure

8. Summer Odyssey
9. Earth Angel
10. A Different World

Rameck on Giving Back

11. Rap
12. Lovesick
13. Access Med
14. Old Ties
15. D.W.B.
16. Becoming Doctors

Sam on Perseverance

17. Graduation
18. Goodbye
19. Home Again

Epilogue
Acknowledgments

 

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    The world should never grow tired of reading about the triumpha


    The world should never grow tired of reading about the triumphant tales of "real life" heroes. In the modern tradition of celebrating mediocrity and outlandish foolery, it is refreshing to learn of extraordinary quests for success in which an education is prized for the gem it is. An exceptional read with a universal message that transcends time and circumstance. My children are required to read this text at least once per year to remind them that the only limits that exist are those that we create for ourselves. Well done, brothers. Well done!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Best ever ..it really is

    I read this book in school and i am only 13 it vis the best book ever even if it had onbor two bad worbs i loved this book . I love reading about there life which was nothing and
    made something of it . Really i hate to read andbi love this book really

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Excellent reading for Teens thru Adults

    This book is a lesson in how one can come from adverse conditions and not only survive, but thrive. The three young men who made "a pact" to make something of themselves did not have a smooth road nor was the trajectory straight, but they made it. Their story is motivational, inspirational, and meaningful. It should be on every high school reading list as it will resonate with children who come from similar backgrounds as those of the authors as well as teach life lessons to those who come from a spectrum of backgrounds.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Very influential piece!!

    This book is very intriguing and exciting to read. This piece inspires all generations whether low or middle class, that success is reachable despite any obstacles!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    The PACT

    Should be required reading for every parent and HS freshman!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    A dire message for African Americans and others!!!

    I never lived in the projects, my struggles weren't as tough as theirs but I respect them for their courage and success!!! I couldn't relate to everything but that is of little matter. What I understood is that one does not have to be victimized by their circumtances. One creates his or her own place in the world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Now that's a Friendship!

    I actually bought this book for my 15yr old daughter, but once I started reading it, I COULD NOT put it down, It's amazing how I could just see it all as I was reading. We must all learn how to weed out the good from the bad,and yes with family too. God was definatley with these young men throughout all their trials. This book is definatley an inspiration.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Who said three's a crowd

    This book is awesome. This is the best book I ever read in my life and I have read many books. It made me laugh, cry, and think really hard about my life and the lives of my two children. I loved it, if I could afford to give this book to every young boy/man I see I would. I think the book is just that inspirational and motivating. If people would stick together, help each other, and not envy one another the world would be so much better. Keep up the good work Docs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Who's a Doctor?

    The book is great, it gives young kids of all ethnic backgrounds the strength to push themselves to the next level no matter what their home circumstances may be. My hat goes off to these fine young men. They are role models in more than one way. I think this book should be a source of reading material for all children in middle and high school, because these are the years when most teens are beginning to think about their futures. This book will help built confidence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    This is a great book! I read this book for a class and everyday

    This is a great book! I read this book for a class and everyday we have discussions on the book. This book is very inspiring, and their lives were nothing and then became something. Amazing book and an easy short read.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    'Blue flames' result 1

    Its called Flameclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Where is it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Pact

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Digclan

    Reses dig1-8
    We are a new clan so...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Best book ever!

    The fact that I don't even like reading:: after I have read the first couple pages of the book... I was so anxious to read more... love this book would totally recommended to everyone of all ages !! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    it ok

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Very good

    This book is very entertaing to red i enjoyed this book i just dont think the book shoulde started with their live as kids it shouldve started at the main point the part about their colleg lives NOT heir childhood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Ok

    Look its a good book but i really am not a fan of bioographys sooooooooooo i would rather watch a plant grow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Best

    This is the best ever. Rameck, George ,and Sam never gave up.They staued strong.NEVER SAY NEVER:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Zac mer Zachary R.

    Its a good book.

    (*-*)

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