Document Type

Book Review

Journal or Conference Title

The Journal of Big History

Volume

1

Issue

1

First Page

66

Last Page

67

Publication Date

2017

Department

History

Abstract

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the highly regarded and Pulitzer Prize winning The Emperor of All Maladies, has undertaken what he terms as an “intimate history” of the gene. Mukherjee’s medical credentials are impressive, yet they are also atypical for research and writing on the history of science. The Gene is impeccably written and expands our understanding of a well-known history through his unique viewpoint. In fact, Mukherjee’s work is reminiscent of another Pulitzer Prize winner, Jared Diamond. Originally a physiologist, Diamond, is best known for applying his scientific viewpoint to the Spanish Conquest in his 1997 Pulitzer Prize winning Gun’s Germs, and Steel.

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Publisher Statement

Originally published as Lieser, J. (2017). The Gene: An Intimate History. By Siddartha Mukherjee. The Journal of Big History. 66-67.

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