The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History

A man who has always been in the right place at the right time, Larry Brilliant has engaged with some of the most prominent thought leaders, spiritual masters, heroes, and icons in the world, including Neem Karoli Baba (Maharajji), Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, Mikhail Gorbachev, Wavy Gravy, the Grateful Dead, the Dalai Lama, and Barack Obama. His life’s journey across continents has resulted in the direct involvement of some of the most significant medical, spiritual, and social achievements of the past century: the eradication of smallpox in India, curing blindness in over 4 million people, introducing the teachings of the Maharajji to the Woodstock Generation, launching Google’s philanthropic enterprises, and much, much more.

Now for the first time, Brilliant reflects on his remarkable life and his extraordinary experiences as a doctor, innovator, philanthropist, and cultural revolutionary.

As he recalls the past fifty years and all that he has seen and done, this masterful storyteller offers transformative messages of wisdom and compassion that will inspire everyone to work towards a better, more brilliant existence. His is a truly cinematic and fun journey—and a profound search for meaning that provides a new perspective on what it means to be engaged with life’s most important questions.

Praise for Sometimes Brilliant

"Truly magnificent."

Dan Goleman

"Filled with inspiration and humor."

Sheryl Sandberg

"One of the best books I've ever read, period."

Dean Ornish

"His life story is nothing short of remarkable."

Marc Benioff

"A rare bridge between science and spirituality."

Steven Johnson

"Honest, forthright and entertaining."

Al Gore

"A mesmerizing read."

Jim Wallis

"Hard to put down and easy to feel inspired."

Chade-Meng Tan

"A wildly inspiring, wondrous, improbable, heart-breaking and triumphant tale."

Jack Kornfield

"Read it and cry. Read it and laugh. Read it and be in awe."

US Rep. Bob Inglis


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