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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Siddhartha Mukherjee

Narrated By: Fred Sanders

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2015

Duration: 22 hours 18 minutes

Summary:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies 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 may have cut off her diseased 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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  • 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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