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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.
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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 22, 2002 – Jenkins, Davis and Hunt grew up in and around the projects of Newark, N.J., a place decimated by crack. "The sounds of gunshots and screeching cars late at night and before dawn were as familiar to us as the chirping of insects must be to people who live in the country." The three attended high school together in the mid-'80s and made a pact to attend medical school together. "We didn't lock hands in some kind of empty, symbolic gesture... We just took one another at his word and headed back to class, without even a hint of how much our lives were about to change." Against incredible odds—the almost complete absence of male role models, a history of substance abuse in two of the families, and even incarcerations—the trio made good on their word and now practice medicine. Told in alternating first-person chapters, the story of these young men's struggle has remarkable clarity and insight. In extremely accessible prose, the authors articulate the problems they faced: "On the streets where I grew up, you didn't worry about consequences. If someone disrespected you, you beat his ass. Period," says Hunt; while Jenkins recalls, "Sometimes it felt surreal, walking past the drunks, dealers, and addicts on my way home from dental school with a pile of books." Although it is a memoir (which, by nature, is often self-serving), this book's agenda is far from hidden and its urgency is undeniable: through their pact, Davis, Jenkins and Hunt achieved success, and if they did it, others can, too.

Customer Reviews

Excellent book! Very inspirational...

I'm not a reading type of girl but once I started reading this book, I was instantly pulled in. I had to finish it!


This book was very inspirational


The only reason I got it was for my high school summer HW. It is ok...but it's too bland and boring. The plot is way too common which makes it hard for you to feel the moments in the book. The first three chapters really wasted my time. They could have been put in 1 chapter because the 3 chapters talk about the same thing... Mom got pregnant young or mom has drug addictions, dad left, stabbings, drug dealers, blah blah blah. You basically read the whole first chapter 3 times... I get it ok? The book is indeed inspirational but it wasn't good enough to make me want to read more. In fact, for my summer HW, I got so bored out by the book that I only read the first 20 pages and did my reading assignment. I say that a book like this should at least be put for free.

The Pact
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Parenting
  • Published: May 06, 2003
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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