A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year
From the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author of The Emperor of All Maladiesâa fascinating history of the gene and âa magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tickâ (Elle).
âDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lostâ (The New York Times). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.
âMukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional storiesâ¦[and] swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetryâ (The Washington Post). Throughout, the story of Mukherjeeâs own familyâwith its tragic and bewildering history of mental illnessâreminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentationâfrom Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.
âA fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we areâand what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our futureâ (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), The Gene is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master. âThe Gene is a book we all should readâ (USA TODAY).
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