Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
This is a book worth reading.
The thing that drew me to it is odd - I was looking up the phrase "the long defeat" - from the Tolkien quote:
"Actually, I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect 'history' to be anything but a 'long defeat' - though it contains (and in a legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory."
... and I came across this wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_defeat
This term has been used in some circles to denote the struggle against the ill effects of poverty and injustice.
This usage was popularized in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. This book describes the efforts of Dr. Paul Farmer, who selflessly serves the poorest of the poor in medical facilities in Haiti and other poor countries.
Great book. Find it. Read it.