An Elegant Defense

The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives
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Author(s): Matt Richtel
Original Publish Date: Mar 12, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100142696
Released: Mar 12, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062698513
Narrator/s: Fred Sanders
Publisher: HarperAudio
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A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune systemA??the key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind book, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer PrizeA??winning New York Times journalist. A??An Elegant Defense by Matt Richtel is one of those rare nonfiction books that transcends the genre. On one level it is a fascinating and engrossing account of the latest, and quite astonishing, discoveries involving the human immune system and how it works. But it is also a story about people facing mortality, about the passion of scientists searching for truth, and a meditation on death and how all of us struggle with the ultimate mystery. Heartfelt and moving, full of compassion, love, and the human drama, this is the work of a writer of high ethical character who is grappling with big issues and deep humanistic problems. What an inspiring and wonderful read. I highly recommend this extraordinary book.A? A??DOUGLAS PRESTON, #1 bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God

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CD
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Author(s): Matt Richtel
Narrator(s): Fred Sanders
Product Number DD42252
Released: Mar 12, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982607609
eBook
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Author(s): Matt Richtel
Product Number EB00734187
Released: Mar 12, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062698506

Professional reviews

"Fred Sanders's narration provides a comforting yet informed tone to Richtel's fascinating discussion of the human immune system, the biological realities of humanity, and why some suffer illness while others stay healthy despite their environments. Throughout, Richtel's audiobook is anchored by four compelling stories of individuals negotiating medical challenges, including a healthy, active woman hit with rheumatoid arthritis and a free-wheeling optimist facing lymphoma. The case scenarios provide listeners with a human perspective on the dynamic nature of the immune system, which Richtel describes as "the festival of life." Rooted in evidenced-based research, Richtel's compelling audiobook is enhanced by Sanders's inviting performance and is accessible to curious listeners. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"