“Dr. 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,
which he braids science, history, and memoir in an epic with all the range and the biblical thunder of Paradise Lost
“(The New York Times). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its
marvelous influence on our lives, people, identities, fates, and choices.
“Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories … [and] swaddles his medical rigor with
rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry” (The Washington Post).
Throughout the story of Mukherjee’s own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-reminds
us the questions that the science of genetics of science is used in the real world to the experiment. In riveting and
dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation-from 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