The Emperor of All Maladies

  • by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A magnificent, beautifully written "biography" of cancer - from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.
The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer". 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. The audiobook is like a literary thriller with cancer as the central character.
From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the 19th-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 toxic, bruising, and draining regimens in order to survive - and to increase the store of human knowledge.


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Truly fascinating, well written and resarched.

Loved this book. It is written in such a way that one learns not only about the history of the disease and the struggles to understand its cause and its treatment but about many other things as well: about doctors and patients, about researchers,la and campaigners, about how science progresses (or doesn't), about how we get new drugs (and don't), about biology and genetics, and about life and death. And about how to tell a great story. A wonderful read.
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- Claudine Innes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio