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Elegant Defense, An

The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives

by Matt Richtel

On Sale: 03/12/2019

Price: $28.99

Elegant Defense, An

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Elegant Defense, An

The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives

by Matt Richtel

On Sale: 03/12/2019

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Price: $28.99

About the Book

A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune systemthe 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 Prize–winning New York Times journalist.

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.” —DOUGLAS PRESTON, #1 bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God

Critical Praise

“One of those rare nonfiction books that transcends the genre. ... A fascinating and engrossing account of the latest, and quite astonishing, discoveries involving the human immune system. ... An inspiring and wonderful read. ... I highly recommend this extraordinary book.” - DOUGLAS PRESTON, #1 bestselling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God

“Matt Richtel’s An Elegant Defense is a comprehensive and engaging primer on the body’s ‘ever-vigilant, omnipresent peacekeeping force.’ The immune system plays an essential role in fighting infections and cancer and in regulating our normal health. Read this superb book to better understand one of the enduring mysteries of human biology.” - SANDEEP JAUHAR, New York Times bestselling author of Heart: A History

“An expert examination of the immune system. … Richtel illuminates a complex subject so well that even physicians will learn.” - Kirkus, STARRED review

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062698537
  • ISBN 10: 0062698532
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 03/12/2019
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.370 in (d)
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price: $28.99
  • BISAC1 : SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
  • BISAC2 : HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Immune & Autoimmune
  • BISAC3 : SCIENCE / History