The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Written by:
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Narrated by:
Fred Sanders

Unabridged Audiobook

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66
Narrator
10
Release Date
December 2015
Duration
22 hours 18 minutes
Summary
Selected as One of the Best Books of the 21st Century by The New York Times

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, adapted as a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, this New York Times bestseller is “an extraordinary achievement” (The New Yorker)—a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer. Now updated with three chapters illuminating the new preventions, treatments, and understanding of cancer in the years since the book’s first publication.

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.

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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J Olsen

Thorough accurate and compelling story of cancer as one of diseases of greatest impact on our personal and collective lives. A rich narrative which brings to light both the personal, institutional and global accomplishments with the victories and losses over cancer getting equal discussion. The author also honors casualties of the ongoing battle and heartbreaking tragedies and the major victory’s. Optimism is overriding that progress has been made but much more progress is to come in the future. Definitely a must read for anyone in medicine, biological science, healthcare or who has been affected by cancer. It seems that cancer plays a major role in our all of our lives whether we like it or not!

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Anonymous

amazing book. recommending to friends and family. I'm a nurse and learned so much I didn't learn in school or at work!

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