The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

by Bob Harris


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620405222
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bob Harris has had a diverse career as a TV writer, TV and radio personality, and political columnist. He has appeared on Jeopardy! thirteen times, staging some of the most memorable upsets and collapses in the show's history. His first book, Prisoner of Trebekistan, chronicling his Jeopardy! experience, was widely praised, as was his second, Who Hates Whom, a pocket summary of more than 30 conflicts around the world. He holds an honors degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Western Reserve University. Bob lives in Los Angeles. Visit his website at

Table of Contents

Author's Notes ix

Introduction: The Road to Morocco 1

Chapter 1 The French Riviera, Dubai, and The World 11

Chapter 2 Singapore, Bali, and Beijing 33

Chapter 3 Chicago, Fiji, and Broadway 53

Chapter 4 The Mission 79

Chapter 5 The Sacred Valley of the Incas 93

Chapter 6 Welcome to Sarajevo 117

Chapter 7 The Great Rift Valley and Nairobi 155

Chapter 8 Rwanda 187

Chapter 9 Dar es Salaam, Andhra Pradesh, and a Walk to the Sea 215

Chapter 10 Magellan's Cross, Hanoi, and Cambodia 249

Chapter 11 Kathmandu 275

Chapter 12 India 283

Chapter 13 Beirut 315

Chapter 14 Home 329

Postscript 351

Acknowledgments 355

Abbreviations and Other Terms 361

Sources, Recommended Reading, and Additional Resources 363

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The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who know that I could be taught the ins and outs of micro finance in such an interesting and heart warming way. If you have no idea what Kiva is, this is the book for you. If you're a current Kiva lender, this is the book for you. If you're a business book reader, this is the book for you. If you're a traveler, this is the book for you. If you're a cultural junky, this is the book for you. If you have a big heart (or even if you think you need to grow your heart a little more), this is the book for you. Basically, if you are a human being, this is the book for you.
Manhattan136 More than 1 year ago
Great read and very Inspiring! I was completely engrossed in this book, as it is an entertaining, witty and intelligent travel memoir. The focus is obviously microfinance, but this is not intimidating for non-economic minded folks; learning how different people in very different geographies live and work hard and aspire for more is a reality check and humbling experience. Really enjoyed this, and highly recommend it!
HaroldMoss More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that Bob Harris went on this enthralling, epic adventure, so that I didn't have to. But, boy, am I glad he did! And that he wrote so beautifully about it so we could all go along for the ride from the dengue fever free comfort of our favorite reading chair. Little did Bob know when he went on a tour of luxury hotels around the world that it would spark a much bigger journey, one with the tiny little goal of trying to figure out how to do something about the horrible inequalities he witnessed outside the doors of these gilded palaces. On the way, Bob discovered Kiva, and their incredible online micro loan program. So the journey began, through thousands of loans, and then to meet the people on the other end of those loans. You will love to meet each and every one of these people, through the kind, curious, and eager eyes of Bob Harris, and learn too a bit about the world they live in. This is the other side of globalization. A shrinking world where we can all get to know each other a bit better, and reach out across divides that seemed unbridgeable not so long ago. But no more. This book had me literally laughing out loud just paragraphs after having me in tears. And if you ever thought footnotes were boring, you haven't read footnotes generated by the brain of Bob Harris. His footnotes are what the internet should be. Quick, entertaining, and full of tasty nuggets of insight and knowledge. I highly recommend this read. The pages fly by. But be careful, it might just inspire you to get up and do something in this world. Or at least go online to Kiva and make a difference with a couple of clicks, so you can start up the International Bank of You.
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Dawn_Briscoe More than 1 year ago
Very interesting look into the world of Kiva. I have found a new favorite author!
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