The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
The Emperor of All Maladies, now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer--from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with--and perished from--for more than five thousand years.
The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.
From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive--and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.
Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.


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Seth Godin wrote last October that, "If there's justice, [Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants] will win the Pulitzer Prize. And, while I think there remains some justice in the world regardless of the fact that it did not, we would agree that it deserved at least a nomination in the general nonfiction category (something another of our favorite books, Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brain, did happily receive). But, I'm sure that the book that won the category—Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer—is not at all undeserving. Read more




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