The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers

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Overview The Three Doctors—Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt—discovered early in their friendship that they shared one disturbing trait: as children, they had to navigate life in inner-city Newark without a father's support and guidance. While each young man dealt with the turmoil caused by an absent father, with no male role model to turn to for advice, each veered dangerously close to a life of delinquency, drugs, and crime. But despite great odds, the three overcame the statistics. In high school, ...


  • ISBN-13: 9781594483301
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 254,828
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Reviews (2)

  • AWare
    5 years, 7 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    These three young men vividly describe each of their experiences of growing up "fatherless" and bring much needed focus to a topic that is of epidemic proportion in today's society. With the book broken into segments, the child's upbringing is detailed from the perspective of the son as well as the father, each explaining what occurred during this period. I highly recommend this book to gain a better understanding of the role a father plays in shaping their child's future by exploring the challenges faced by children when they are absent from the home. This book should be recommended reading for all, regardless of gender, and especially for anyone thinking of starting a family!

  • harstan
    7 years ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    In Newark, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt met as fatherless children struggling to survive ghetto living without a male mentor or role model they formed THE PACT in high school to help one another make it and they succeeded as each became a doctor. --- In THE BOND, the physicians look into the most prevalent disease destroying America┬┐s family: no father. The trio does this by seeking their dads, who never had a role in their lives. The threesome separately describe growing up fatherless and how difficult that is to overcome, but do not add any new insight than they already described in the PACT. However, their recommendations to youths suffering from this pandemic illness are solid especially to go out and find a role model to mentor you. However, the most poignant segments are the sections written by the absentee dads, who offer no rationalization as to why, but explain their failures in depth. Especially discerning is that each of them also grew up fatherless. THE BOND is a moving autobiography and though anecdotal should be must reading for everyone who wonders what has gone wrong with the American family unit as generational repetition is difficult to turn around. --- Harriet Klausner