A group of graduate students is about to experience that collision head-on.
Angela, Alex, Rich, and Sofi bring to their summer research project in Guatemala more than their share of grad-school baggage--along with clashing ideas about poverty and globalization. But as they follow the trail of coffee beans from the Guatemalan peasant grower to the American coffee drinker, what unfolds is not only a stunning research discovery, but an unforgettable journey of personal challenge and growth.
Based on an actual research project on fair trade coffee funded by USAID, The Taste of Many Mountains is a brilliantly-staged novel about the global economy in which University of San Francisco economist Bruce Wydick examines the realities of the coffee trade from the perspective of young researchers struggling to understand the chasm between the world's rich and poor.
"Wydick's first novel is brewed perfectly--full of rich body with double-shots of insight."
--Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado, President and CEO of Compassion International
"This wonderfully enlightening book describes the Mayan culture in Guatemala and some of the sufferings these people have survived."
--"CBA Retailers + Resources"
Bruce Wydick is Professor of Economics at the University of San Francisco, where he has taught since 1996, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. His research focuses on applications of game theory as well as empirical and experimental methods to poverty and development issues, especially to microfinance. Professor Wydick has published over a dozen articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, and the Economic Journal and has received grants and awards for his research from USAID, the Jesuit Foundation, the McCarthy Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trust. He is co director of the master's program in international and development economics at the University of San Francisco, has served as a consultant on a number of research projects of the World Bank, and is actively involved in both field research and development work in the highlands of western Guatemala.
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