Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and 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—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.
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.
Mukherjee's magisterial history of cancer research is poorly served by Stephen Hoye's impersonal, tone-deaf narration. Mukherjee is a practicing oncologist, and his is a deeply personal account, replete with stories of his own patients and practice, that begs for an intimate reading. But Hoye is pedantic, dry, stentorian everything that this book isn't and his newscaster's delivery cannot convey the author's compassion for his patients or the suspense and thrill of scientific discovery that the book so brilliantly describes. A Scribner hardcover.
This book written in the way of a biography of this entity, cancer, is both revealing in its secret history and the inner working of the cancer cellular structures and oncogenes.
The author has a distinctive poetic voice like Tagore's sublime resonance of the most intense suffering. In facing death, in carrying this onco, the burden is very much part of humanity. Cancer patients bear the Herculean load of such mortality. The mosaic tapestry of thousands of lives taken away by this sickness weaves the most brilliant profound cacophony of the human symphony of courage, love, dignity and the dark force of greed, and ambition. What a glinting jewel this book shines upon the rising dawn of comprehension of cancer and its healing.
I am extremely impressed by how the author manages to make a book about cancer so captivating. Mukherjee describes the human journey of tackling cancer’s treatments, causes and potential cures through vivid stories of scientists, doctors, and advocates and their tireless pursuit of a cure.
The Emperor of All Books
Once you start reading you won't let it go, the language is perfect and I was amused by lots of insightful information. Allah bless us all. Thank you doctor for this book and... We want more!