The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer

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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.


  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 01 Title

    Duration: 34s
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 02 Dedication

    Duration: 01min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 03 AuthorsNote

    Duration: 05min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 04 Prologue

    Duration: 19min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 05 Part1 OfBlackeCholor

    Duration: 28min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 06 AMonsterMoreInsatiable

    Duration: 33min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 07 FarbersGauntlet

    Duration: 14min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 08 APrivatePlague

    Duration: 27min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 09 Onkos

    Duration: 13min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 10 VanishingHumors

    Duration: 09min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 11 RemoteSympathy

    Duration: 15min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 12 ARadicalIdea

    Duration: 37min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 13 TheHardTubeAndTheWeakLight

    Duration: 19min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 14 DyeingAndDying

    Duration: 27min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 15 PoisoningTheAtmosphere

    Duration: 11min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 16 TheGoodnessOfShowBusiness

    Duration: 19min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 17 TheHouseThatJimmyBuilt

    Duration: 09min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 18 Part2 AnImpatientWar

    Duration: 27min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 19 TheseNewFriendsOfChemotherapy

    Duration: 37min
  • EmperorOfAllMaladies 20 TheButcherShop

    Duration: 17min
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