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What is Leaving Microsoft to Change the World?

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World is a memoir written by Room to Read's Founder and Executive Chairman, John Wood. John vividly recounts his decision to quit his executive career at Microsoft to dedicate his life to fighting illiteracy worldwide, and the struggles and successes that have shaped Room to Read to this day. The story details the founding and infancy of Room to Read, highlighting key characters and defining events, and lays out the lessons - from the business world and his personal experiences - around which John has sought to build Room to Read into one of the world's leading educational organizations.

Publishers Weekly calls Leaving Microsoft "an infectiously inspiring read." In their "starred review", they report that "Wood takes the reader on an engaging journey {and] endears himself to the reader with his introspection and honesty... this is the kind of book that business colleagues will discuss with their acquaintances, spouses and friends."

For more information, please visit www.leavingmicrosoftbook.com.

How does John Wood's book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, relate to Room to Read?

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles story of Room to Read's beginnings. It begins to tell our story and share our tremendous passion with a wider audience. In John's own words, "this is a book about books, or perhaps I should say it's a book about book lovers who want to share their joy of books with children across the developing world." We hope that those reading the book will be inspired by John's story, just as we have, and join us in our mission to provide the lifelong gift of literacy to children everywhere.

To learn more about the book, please visit www.leavingmicrosoftbook.com.


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