The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story - Alison Thompson The author of this book is an inspiration with the unselfish giving of herself to those in need due to devastating circumstances; Sept 11th, the tsunami in Sri Lanka, and the earthquake in Haiti. The world would be a better place if there were more people like her who think of others before they think of themselves! I am giving this book 4 stars not because it is a masterpiece of literature but because it is a masterpiece of humanity, of a giving soul.