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The Birth Of The Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex And Launched A Revolution (2014)

by Jonathan Eig(Favorite Author)
4.15 of 5 Votes: 5
0393073726 (ISBN13: 9780393073720)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: 2.5 Stars. An interesting bit of history ruined by how totes-in-loveballs Eig is with the subjects of the book. It reads like an Ayn Rand novel - our exceptional, quirky (i.e. flaws presented in a very favorable light) heroes use bravery and science to save a world that isn't sure it wants to be saved. For people that require protagonists in a story, this may make the book more gripping, but it felt very manipulative to me.
review 2: An interesting book. Focussing on two scientists and two philanthropists, it tells the story of the development of the birth control pill, perhaps the first medicine that healthy people ended up taking every day for years. I might have liked a bit more science. But I did like the cultural references, what else was going on in Ameri
... moreca that impacted how the pill's development would be viewed. Some sloppy editing, with metaphors and descriptions repeated and, once, confusing Life magazine with Time magazine. less
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This was...fine, I guess. I'm not sure how much I'd recommend it, but it's passably interesting.
10/11/14 found it in the Wall St Journal Saturday Review
Really well written and lots of fascinating details.
HIGHLY recommended...
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