From the Inside Flap
"This well-researched, well-documented book unfurls a compelling scientific saga....Not only that, it's written with the zing of a medical thriller, featuring fully realized characters, dramatic conflicts, high-level politics and scientific egos big enough to levitate Stone Mountain."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This meticulously researched, levelheaded and well-written book should stir up considerable debate. Because the authors never became alarmist, this solid work of investigative reporting carries considerable weight, and deserves to be read by a large audience."--Publishers Weekly
"Powerful and emotive, the book captures the joy of scientific discovery--from the dramatic fight against polio to the thrill of basic virology--with the tone of a mystery thriller."
-Dr. Norman J. Maitland, professor of molecular biology, director of the YCR Cancer Research Unit, University of York
"A beautifully-told tale of science and a fascinating piece of medical history. The Virus and the Vaccine reveals how science can be distorted, pushed and pulled by the pressures of politics and profits."
-Dr. David Himmelstein, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School
"Millions of Americans are unaware that government officials and leading scientists played Russian roulette with their health in the 1960s…[This] fascinating, meticulously-researched account of the coverup, and its possible long-term health effects, is a deeply disturbing chapter in the recent history of science."
-Stephen S. Hall, New York Times Magazine science writer and author of Merchants of Immortality
About the Author
Debbie Bookchin has been a journalist since 1979 and has won awards for her news, feature and investigative reporting. She has written for The Boston Globe, The Nation, The New York Times, and numerous other publications.
Jim Schumacher is a lawyer and writer whose work has appeared in Boston Magazine, Newsday, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others. Bookchin and Schumacher are married to each other and live in Vermont with their daughter.