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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1178636437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1178636437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,130,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), novelist and journalist, is best known for his novel about the Chicago meatpacking industry, ""The Jungle"". A paperback edition of his ""I, Candidate for Governor"" is available from California. Jules Tygiel is the author of ""The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal during the Roaring Twenties"" (paperback California, 1996) and ""The Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy"". He is Professor of History at San Francisco State University.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Jensen on September 12, 2010
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A for content, D for formatting.

This is not really a book, but rather several articles about fasting by Upton Sinclair, and selected reader responses along with letters asking for Sinclair's help re. fasting, by readers. Also included is a poignant letter (a short slice of life story in itself) and answers to a kind of survey Sinclair sent to some of the folks he helped.

Sinclair was both very deeply interested in fasting due to his own issues and later because he realized how important it could be to the ill. He read, corresponded with the few doctors who utilized fasting as part of their practices and acquired information where ever possible and disseminated it through his 2 articles and to the many people who daily asked him for help via the mail because of them. (I think he said he got anywhere from one letter to a dozen per day for years).

Sinclair's opinions and thoughts at the time of the compilation are interspersed throughout the material.

I found the book very useful, well written and friendly. Sinclair's attitude (and positive approach vis-a-vis all the negative or non responsiveness from the medical community) instilled a grateful feeling in me. His words encouraged me to go on with a fast that I was bordering on stopping (up to this point I'd not read very much on the topic).

If you're interested in or planning a fast, get this book. It is not scientific, it is better. It is well researched considering the means in 1915-ish, and very believable. (As to a scientific study, I haven't found any). If this book doesn't encourage you to fast, nothing will.

As to the formatting on the Kin- dle. This paragraph serves as an example of the kind of formatting Chapter 2 errors most if not all pages cont- ain. It's very bad.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Veracruz on January 23, 2011
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I just finished Mr. Sinclair's book and absolutely love the book. As another reviewer stated the e-book's organization is definitely lacking(that is due to the method it was transcribed from print to digital), but the content in my opinion is amazing.

The book gives Mr. Sinclair's experience with fasting as well as MANY testimonies from letters he received from people who tried fasting and ended up with fantastic results. Results such as cures for a great number of diseases and ailments including cancer. Mr. Sinclair gives general outlines for fasting but attests that every person is biologically a little different and results vary from one person to the next. I must add that 99% of the results are positive and the negative results seem to be from people who did not fast correctly or came off the fast incorrectly. In coming off the fast one must be careful.

I myself am on my second day of fasting and feel really well. I have been fortunate enough to not be plagued with the ravenous hunger some of the testimonies within the book mentioned. I have lost a few pounds but that was just a side purpose to my fast. Basically I am sick and tired of being sick and tired as the saying goes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan on December 7, 2011
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Impressive given the era in which this was written. Sinclair is a good and sincere writer,however I was disappointed that he did not continue to remain a vegetarian.
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